Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Brad Duguid Releases Statement on the Death of Sam George



    TORONTO, June 3 /CNW/ - Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Brad Duguid
released the following statement concerning the passing of Maynard Donald
'Sam' George:

    "The death of Sam George brings with it tremendous sorrow for those who
knew him. Sam, though immersed in his own anger and grief over the death of
his brother, 'Dudley' George, found the courage and grace to work with the
Ipperwash Inquiry and the government to find truth and fairness for his
community. His contributions ensured that together, we would find a way to
move forward into a new era of healing, reconciliation and peace with First
Nations in Ontario. He was a modern-day hero, whose legacy will impact future
generations.
    "I am grateful to say I met Sam on many occasions, most recently
following the May 2009 signing of an agreement to transfer Ipperwash
Provincial Park lands to the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation - a transfer
recommended in the Inquiry's report. Despite his failing health, Sam was very
much with us in spirit that day and afterward, he met many visitors at his
bedside. It was a day of celebration and renewed hope, and Sam was one of
those who made it possible.
    "We send our sincerest condolences to his wife Veronica, daughters Tammy
and Yvonne, son Donald Jr., Sam's extended family, his friends, and the
Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation. We have all lost a great
leader, teacher, visionary and friend."





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