Anglicans could lose new Iqaluit igloo church

Officials from the Anglican diocese of the Arctic say they are in a financial crisis after receivers for a bankrupt contractor asked for the outstanding bills on the new Iqaluit cathedral to be paid.

Bankrupt contractor asks for outstanding $3 million

Officials from the Anglican diocese of the Arctic say they are in a financial crisis after receivers for a bankrupt contractor asked for the outstanding bills on the new Iqaluit cathedral to be paid. (Vincent Desrosiers/CBC)

Officials from the Anglican diocese of the Arctic say they are in a financial crisis after receivers for a bankrupt contractor asked for the outstanding bills on the new Iqaluit cathedral to be paid.

"We risk losing our cathedral for the second time in a decade because Dowland's receiver is asking for a payment of outstanding Dowland bills," Bishop David Parsons at a press conference Monday.

The new St. Jude's cathedral, which opened last year, replaced a church destroyed by a deliberately set fire in 2005.

Its contractor, Dowland Construction, has gone bankrupt. The church still owes $3 million on the new cathedral.

"What we're sharing with you now is we don't have that money. The request that the receiver is making to us is unrealistic​," said Parsons. "The plan that we have is realistic. The ongoing fundraising was working, and ... we wish to continue with that plan.​"

The cathedral is the hub of the Anglican diocese covering N.W.T., Nunavut and Nunavik.

Parishioner Rebeka Williams says she has faith that God will provide guidance.

"It's never going to close," she said. "I have a great big faith that it will never close."

Dowland Construction would not comment.

Church officials say they're looking at their legal options to avoid foreclosure.

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