THE ADVOCATE 133
VOL. 78 PART 1 JANUARY 2020
By D. Michael Bain
With all this talk about Ocean Falls (see pages 125–129 of this issue), we are
reminded of these two reminiscences from 1990—a mere 30 years ago.
FATHER FAGAN ASKED FOR HELP*
* Reprinted from (1990) 48 Advocate 249.
By Tony Gargrave
It was the fall of 1964. I had been called to the bar for about two years
when Father Fagan wrote. At that time he was the pastor to St.
Mary’s Church at Chilliwack, British Columbia and was the Roman
Catholic chaplain to the Chilliwack Forestry Camps in the area. The
camps were a substitute for Oakalla Prison and were modelled after logging
camps where the young prisoners did road and bridge work in nearby
One of Father Fagan’s charges was a 16-year-old Indian boy from Bella
Bella, British Columbia, who had been charged with a sneak theft of $18
from a motor vessel called Idleours.
An Indian boy of the accused’s description was seen leaving the Idleours
at 6 a.m. on June 21, 1964. On June 22, my client was arrested. On June 23,