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Healing and Reconciliation at Ipperwash Park

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Healing and Reconciliation at Ipperwash Park

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

In November 2003, the Ontario government appointed Justice Sidney Linden to lead an independent, public inquiry into the events surrounding the death of Anthony O'Brien (Dudley) George at Ipperwash Provincial Park in 1995.

The Report of the Ipperwash Inquiry, released May 31, 2007, discussed transferring Ipperwash Provincial Park to the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and outlined the benefits the transfer could bring to the local First Nation community as well as the surrounding non-Aboriginal communities, including improved relationships and opportunities for joint economic development.

The Ipperwash Park Transfer Process Agreement commits Ontario and Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation to continue building relationships based on respect and reconciliation as the park transfer continues.

The agreement outlines the next steps to transfer park land to Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, including environmental and archaeological site assessments and transferring the land from the Ontario government to the federal government so it can be added to reserve.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Relationship Building
The Ontario government and the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation are committed to strengthened relationships built on mutual respect. This includes working together with First Nation members residing at Aazhoodena (former military camp), the municipality of Lambton Shores and the federal government through the park land transfer process. The Ipperwash Park Resolution Table and the Municipal Committee have been established to ensure fairness, inclusiveness and transparency. This progress will help to build stronger relationships between the Ontario government and First Nations and between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities across Ontario.

Healing and Reconciliation
Transferring Ipperwash Provincial park land to the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation brings us one step closer to healing and reconciliation between Ontario and First Nations and between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. The Transfer Process Agreement recognizes the importance of healing throughout the transfer process, and acts as a road map for continued progress with the First Nation and surrounding area.

Memorial and Heritage/Cultural Facility
The Ontario government will work with Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and First Nation members residing at Aazhoodena to design and construct a memorial for Anthony O'Brien (Dudley) George. Ontario and the First Nation will also work together to develop a plan for a heritage/cultural facility.

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