MNO Expresses Condolences on Passing of Sam George

    OTTAWA, June 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Gary Lipinski, President of the Métis
Nation of Ontario today expressed his condolences and those of all Métis
citizens in Ontario to the family of Sam George who passed away yesterday. A
citizen of the Kettle & Stony Point First Nation, Maynard "Sam" George was the
brother of Dudley George, who was killed by an OPP sniper during the 1995
occupation of Ipperwash Provincial Park. Sam lead the legal battle for an
inquiry into the events surronding his brothers' death.
    "All Métis and First Nations people in Ontario and across Canada can
thank Sam for his efforts to have police and politicians held accountable for
their actions at Ipperwash Provincial Park in 1995," President Lipinski said.
"In spite of his grief, Sam found the strength to work with all those involved
to shape a fair process that helped to foster a new kind of relationship be-
tween the government and Aboriginal people in the province."
    In 2003, thanks in large part to the efforts of Sam George, the Liberal
government called a public inquiry into what happened the night Dudley George
was killed. A final report on the inquiry, called the Linden Report, was
released in 2007.
    Sam George was diagnosed with cancer in August last year. He died at home
on the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point reserve near Sarnia, surrounded by
family members. He was 56.

    The Métis are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique culture,
language and heritage who played an instrumental role in shaping Canada, and
who work tirelessly to share their culture, traditions and knowledge of the
environment with fellow Canadians.

For further information:

For further information: Janet Leader, Director of Communications, Métis
Nation of Ontario, (613) 798-1488

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