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Earlier today, Vancouver free weekly The Georgia Straight
published allegations that VANOC
CEO, Chairperson of Own the Podium
and Executive Chair of the Vancouver Whitecaps F.C. John Furlong
(O.C., O.B.C.), is guilty of physically and psychologically abusing students at a Northern B.C. First Nations high school forty years ago.
The article reveals that Furlong did not enter Canada in 1974 as his memoir, Patriot Hearts
, claims, but in 1969 as a Oblate Frontier Apostle missionary. The allegations have particular significance due to the fact that the Vancouver 2010 Olympics claimed to be the first to incorporate Aboriginal peoples into the ceremonies as fellow host nations
(with mixed reception
). The Straight
article, written by Laura Robinson
and supported by eight sworn affadavits, alleges sustained and multiple cases of physical, psychological and, possibly, sexual abuse.
[Beverley] Abraham closes her eyes and fights tears. She says Furlong regularly made the same four girls—her and three friends—stay behind after phys-ed class, one at a time. The three friends were the ones who started drinking with Abraham. She says the three committed suicide in later years. “Every time I started phys-ed, I was honestly always afraid. He stood by the change-room door. [A nun] would say, ‘Okay, girls, come on.’ We were just afraid to go. He really degraded our name and our inner self. No wonder they call us drunks. Why did we drink so hard? Immaculata School.”
to the allegations. The RCMP is investigating