NIPISSING FIRST NATION, ON, June 3 /CNW/ - The Anishinabek Nation has
declared a four-day period of mourning with the passing of Maynard "Sam"
George. Sacred fires have been asked to burn for four days, and that all
Anishinabek Nation flags be set at half mast.
Sam passed away early this morning surrounded by family and friends. He
had been ill for some time.
Grand Council Chief John Beaucage, on behalf of the 42-member First
Nations of the Anishinabek Nation has issued the following statement:
"It is with deep regret that I declare a four-day period of mourning to
acknowledge the passing of our good friend and leader Sam George. I ask all
First Nations, leaders and citizens of the Anishinabek Nation to remember and
celebrate Sam's life and contributions to our Nation.
Sam is a true Ogitchidaa - a warrior of kindness and servitude. A humble
man who bestowed the virtues of our most sacred teachings and all we hold dear
as Anishinabek people. Many of us are happy to call him our friend.
Sam's leadership role in the Ipperwash Inquiry, its resultant social and
policy changes is a legacy that will resonate forever in the history of
Ontario. Sam did all of this to honour the memory of his brother, Dudley
George. Today, Dudley and Sam will celebrate a victory dance in the Spirit
World, surrounded by our ancestors and our mightiest warriors of our Nation.
Our thoughts today are with Sam's wife Veronica and members of the George
family. We share in their loss."
Maynard "Sam" George was a citizen of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation.
During the occupation of Ipperwash Provincial Park, his brother, Anthony
"Dudley" George, was shot and killed by an OPP sniper on September 6, 1995.
Sam led the legal battle to call the government and the police into account.
After years of legal wrangling, the government established the Ipperwash
Inquiry and the final report issued by Justice Sidney Linden in 2007. The
inquiry made a number of recommendations to improve relationships with First
Nations, government and police, land claim reforms, treaty implementation, and
led to the establishment of the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs.
Sam also served as Band Councillor for his home community, and worked
with the Elders and Youth. Sam was a traditional drum carrier and a devout
family man. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 6 at his home at
Kettle & Stony Point First Nation.
The Anishinabek Nation incorporated the Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) as
its secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 42 member First
Nations across Ontario. The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political
organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of
Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.
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