National Chief congratulates Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and the Ontario Government on Ipperwash



    OTTAWA, Dec. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - National Chief Phil Fontaine extends his
support and congratulations to the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First
Nation and the Ontario government on reaching an agreement that will resolve
the outstanding land issue associated with Ipperwash Park.
    "When there is political will there is always a way to resolve
outstanding land issues," the National Chief noted. "Clearly this transfer of
the park ownership was one of the key recommendations in Justice Linden's
Report of the Ipperwash Inquiry and I am pleased to see that the government
has chosen to act on this recommendation."
    "While I know the First Nation will be celebrating today, I also know
that there will be many heavy hearts remembering the sacrifice Dudley George
made to see the park lands returned," the National Chief stated.
    "The settlement of outstanding land claims is a priority for many First
Nations in this country. If all levels of government are open to resolving
these issues, First Nations are willing to engage in fruitful, positive
negotiations," Mr. Fontaine concluded.

    The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Joan McEwen, Director of Communications, (613)
241-1790 (242), cell (613) 324-3329, jmcewen@afn.ca; Josee Bellemare,
Bilingual Communications Officer, (613) 241-6789 ext. 336, cell (613)
327-6331, jbellemare@afn.ca; Nancy Pine, Communications Advisor - Office of
the National Chief, (613) 241-6789 ext 243, cell (613) 298-6382, npine@afn.ca


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