Healing and Reconciliation Continues at Ipperwash Park



    
    Ontario and Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation Sign
    Transfer Agreement
    

    TORONTO, May 28 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ipperwash Provincial Park land is being transferred to the Chippewas of
Kettle and Stony Point First Nation.
    Following a traditional sunrise ceremony, Aboriginal Affairs Minister
Brad Duguid and Chief Elizabeth Cloud today signed an agreement to transfer
Ipperwash Provincial Park land to the First Nation.
    The agreement sets out the next steps for the transfer of park land,
including environmental and archeological assessments and discussions on how
park land will be used until the land transfer is complete.
    The transfer of Ipperwash park land is just one step toward local healing
and reconciliation as discussed in the Report of the Ipperwash Inquiry.

    QUOTES

    "This agreement will lead to further healing and reconciliation across
Ontario as we work together with Aboriginal partners to implement the
recommendations of the Report of the Ipperwash Inquiry."
    - Brad Duguid, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

    "The signing of this transfer agreement today is an important step toward
meeting our commitment to transfer Ipperwash Provincial Park to the people of
Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation."
    - Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources

    "We are grateful to see this Ipperwash Inquiry recommendation fulfilled
and are thankful for the many people and especially Dudley for his personal
sacrifice."
    - Elizabeth Cloud, Chief of Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First
Nation

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   The Ipperwash Inquiry investigated the events surrounding the tragic
        death of Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation member
        Anthony O'Brien (Dudley) George in September 1995.
    -   Justice Sidney Linden's Report of the Ipperwash Inquiry was released
        on May 31, 2007.

    LEARN MORE

    Report of the Ipperwash Inquiry
    (http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/inquiries/ipperwash/index.html)

    Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation
    (http://www.kettlepoint.org/

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    BACKGROUNDER
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                 Healing And Reconciliation At Ipperwash Park
    

    In November 2003, the Ontario government appointed Justice Sidney Linden
to lead an independent, public inquiry into the events surrounding the death
of Anthony O'Brien (Dudley) George at Ipperwash Provincial Park in 1995.
    The Report of the Ipperwash Inquiry, released May 31, 2007, discussed
transferring Ipperwash Provincial Park to the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony
Point First Nation and outlined the benefits the transfer could bring to the
local First Nation community as well as the surrounding non-Aboriginal
communities, including improved relationships and opportunities for joint
economic development.
    The Ipperwash Park Transfer Process Agreement commits Ontario and
Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation to continue building
relationships based on respect and reconciliation as the park transfer
continues.
    The agreement outlines the next steps to transfer park land to Chippewas
of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, including environmental and
archaeological site assessments and transferring the land from the Ontario
government to the federal government so it can be added to reserve.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    Relationship Building

    The Ontario government and the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First
Nation are committed to strengthened relationships built on mutual respect.
This includes working together with First Nation members residing at
Aazhoodena (former military camp), the municipality of Lambton Shores and the
federal government through the park land transfer process. The Ipperwash Park
Resolution Table and the Municipal Committee have been established to ensure
fairness, inclusiveness and transparency. This progress will help to build
stronger relationships between the Ontario government and First Nations and
between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities across Ontario.

    Healing and Reconciliation

    Transferring Ipperwash Provincial park land to the Chippewas of Kettle
and Stony Point First Nation brings us one step closer to healing and
reconciliation between Ontario and First Nations and between Aboriginal and
non-Aboriginal communities. The Transfer Process Agreement recognizes the
importance of healing throughout the transfer process, and acts as a road map
for continued progress with the First Nation and surrounding area.

    Memorial and Heritage/Cultural Facility

    The Ontario government will work with Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point
First Nation and First Nation members residing at Aazhoodena to design and
construct a memorial for Anthony O'Brien (Dudley) George. Ontario and the
First Nation will also work together to develop a plan for a heritage/cultural
facility.

    
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For further information: Scott Cavan, Minister's Office, (416) 314-7395;
Greg Flood, Communications Branch, (416) 314-9455

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