Ipperwash: A Study in Aboriginal Land Claims Involving Aboriginal Burial Grounds
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From the Paper:"On September 6, 1995, Anthony "Dudley" George, a 38-year-old member of the Stoney Point Band was shot and killed at Ipperwash Provincial Park on the shores of Lake Huron by Sgt. Kenneth Deane of the Ontario Provincial Police. Dudley George was unarmed at the time of the shooting. He death triggered outrage not only among the members of the Stoney Point Band, but among all aboriginal peoples, and it sparked a Canada-wide controversy that even caught the attention of Amnesty International and the United Nations Human Rights Committee, which added his voice in April 1999 to the swelling chorus of calls for a public inquiry into the shooting (Amnesty International, Canada, 2003).
"The then-current Progressive-Conservative provincial government of Ontario Premier Mike Harris refused to conduct an official inquiry, and it was not until the Liberals took over the provincial government under Dalton McGuinty in 2003 that the government made an effort to launch an inquiry. The Ipperwash Inquiry opened,under the leadership of Justice Sidney Linden, on April 20, 2004, more than eight years after the death of Dudley George (CBC News,2007). The Inquiry ended in August 2006 and the final report was released on May 31, 2007 (CBC News, 2007).
"George was one of the leaders of a protest launched by the Stoney Point Nation "to underline their land claim and to protest the destruction of the burial ground [located within the Park]" (CBC News,2006). Two years before that, in 1993, members of the Stoney Point Band, who had been removed from their land to Kettle Point decades earlier, began moving back into what was then Camp Ipperwash, a military base. OnSeptember 4, 1995, a group of Stoney Point members marched onto the base and set up a barricade at IpperwashProvincialPark not far away. On September 6, the Ontario Provincial Police stormed the barricade at night, and in the skirmish that followed, George was shot at three times.After an hour's delay, he was driven in a car, accompanied by his brother and sister, to the Middlesex General Hospitalin Strathroy, where it was announced on the morning of September 7 that he was dead (Hedican, 2013, p. 172)."
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