Open Letter - Anniversary of the Shooting Death of Anthony "Dudley" George

    NORTH BAY, ON, Sept. 6 /CNW/ -

    Members of the Ontario Legislative Assembly
    Queen's Park
    Toronto ON   M7A 1A1

    Dear Legislators:

    Today is the 12th anniversary of the shooting death of unarmed Native
protester Anthony "Dudley" George at Ipperwash Park, an event that continues
to have a profound impact on all residents of Ontario.
    In May the Report of the Ipperwash Inquiry offered hope that its
98 recommendations might contain the seeds of a better future for First
Nations people who live in this province.
    "The provincial government and other institutions must redouble their
efforts to build successful, peaceful relations with the aboriginal peoples in
Ontario so we can all live peacefully and productively," said Justice Sidney
Linden, releasing his 1500-page report after hearing 140 witnesses over
25 months.
    On June 29, the 42 member communities of the Anishinabek Nation launched
an Era of Action campaign to martial support for the Ipperwash Inquiry's key
recommendations. Thousands of postcards have been distributed across Ontario
petitioning signatures to urge Ontario's premier to work with the federal
government and First Nations to establish the Treaty Commission of Ontario, a
permanent, independent and impartial agency to facilitate the settling of land
and treaty claims in the province.
    As the Oct. 10 provincial election approaches, First Nation citizens
across Ontario are expecting to see candidates' platforms reflect Ipperwash
Inquiry report recommendations designed to reverse what Commissioner Linden
called "centuries of discrimination and dispossession."
    Following the upcoming provincial election, we will present the incoming
premier with postcards signed by municipal mayors, Ontario legislators,
members of Parliament, clergy, teachers, and other citizens who expect the new
government to maintain the momentum established by the Ipperwash Inquiry
    Ontario's next government needs to use those actions as a foundation upon
which to build respectful relationships with aboriginal and First Nations
peoples. It has already been clearly demonstrated that Dudley George's death
was needless. The provincial government must now show it has learned from the

    All my relations,

    John Beaucage
    Grand Council Chief
    Anishinabek Nation

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For further information: UNION OF ONTARIO INDIANS, Head Office:
Nipissing First Nation, P.O. Box 711, North Bay, Ontario, P1B 8J8, Phone:
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