Minister presented with Ipperwash support



    OJIBWAYS OF GARDEN RIVER, ON, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - The Anishinabek Nation has
a host of allies supporting its call for the Government of Ontario to begin
implementing the recommendations of the Ipperwash Inquiry.
    Today, Grand Council Chief John Beaucage presented The Hon. Michael
Bryant, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, with thousands of postcards that were
sent by church groups, municipal leaders, teachers unions, community members
and health professionals in support of the "Era of Action" campaign launched
in June 2007. The postcards highlight the major recommendations of the
Ipperwash Inquiry final report, including the creation of a Treaty Commission
in Ontario.
    "This isn't only a message from First Nations citizens, this is a clear
message from all people in Ontario, said the Grand Council Chief. "People all
across the province have shown they understand the importance of establishing
respectful relationships with their First Nation neighbours."
    Thus far, the Government of Ontario has been proactive in responding to
the Ipperwash Inquiry recommendations including the establishment of the first
stand-alone Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs.
    "The Era of Action supporters have spoken loud and clear that we need to
see some resolution of these aboriginal issues and to improve relationships
between all people in the province," said Minister Bryant who addressed the 42
member First Nations Chiefs of the Anishinabek Nation. "It is a significant
priority of this government to implement these important recommendations."
    After years of stalling by the previous Progressive Conservative
government, it was Minister Michael Bryant in his then-capacity as Attorney
General who called the Ipperwash Inquiry into the events that led to the
September 6, 1995 death of Anthony Dudley George during a land claim protest.
    "Ontario citizens seem to understand the Ipperwash message that resolving
treaty and land issues is the key to a harmonious and prosperous future for
everyone in the province," said Grand Council Chief Beaucage.
    Commissioner Sidney Linden's final report of the Ipperwash Inquiry made
100 recommendations including the establishment of a Treaty Commission of
Ontario as well as a stand-alone provincial Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs.
The McGuinty government did just that on June 21st, 2007. The Hon. Michael
Bryant became Minister of Aboriginal Affairs following the October re-election
of his government.

    The Anishinabek Nation incorporated the Union of Ontario Indians as its
secretariat in 1949. The UOI is the political advocate for 42 member First
Nations in Ontario, and is the oldest political organization in Ontario,
tracing its origins to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long
before European contact.




For further information:

For further information: Marci Becking, Communications Officer,
becmar@anishinabek.ca, Phone: (705) 497-9127, ext. 2290; Bob Goulais,
Executive Assistant to the Grand Council Chief, mailto:goubob@anishinabek.ca,
(705) 498-5250

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