Pierre George recovering in Sarnia hospital after being engulfed in flames during demonstration at former Camp Ipperwash
By Jennifer O’Brien, The London Free Press, September 21, 2015
The day after he was engulfed in flames during a demonstration at Stony Point, Pierre George joked he was “a little crispy,” but otherwise feeling well.
“I just got burns on my hands and my eyes, skin coming off . . . and (the fire) burnt my mohawk,” said George, reached Monday by phone in a Sarnia hospital where he was recovering in the intensive care unit.
George, 61, is the brother of Dudley George, the native protester shot dead by an OPP officer during the 1995 Ipperwash standoff 20 years ago. Read the rest of this entry
CTV News/The Canadian Press, September 19, 2015
SARNIA, Ont. — A southwestern Ontario First Nation says it has ratified an agreement in the dispute over Camp Ipperwash, which saw the death of aboriginal protester Dudley George in 1995.
In a release Saturday, the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation said eligible voting members approved the deal with the federal government in a vote held on Friday.
The First Nation says the agreement includes a financial settlement in excess of $90 million, the return of land appropriated by the federal government in 1942 under the War Measures Act and cleanup of Stony Point lands.
by Barbara Simpson, National Post, August 14, 2015
SARNIA, Ont. — Almost 20 years after a deadly confrontation between natives and police at Ontario’s Ipperwash Provincial Park, the federal government is offering to pay a $95-million settlement and return Camp Ipperwash — a military training site adjacent to the park — to the natives from whom it was expropriated during the Second World War.
The 56-hectare park and adjacent camp at the southern end of Lake Huron were the site of a 1995 native occupation that resulted in the death of Dudley George, an unarmed native protester who was shot and killed by a member of the Ontario Provincial Police. Read the rest of this entry
Members of the First Nation have long walked the beach, but addition of vehicles has sparked safety concerns
The Canadian Press/CBC News, Dec 07, 2014
Cooler heads should prevail and upper levels of government must step in after a First Nation in southwestern Ontario tore down barriers and began driving along a stretch of beach near the site of the 1995 Ipperwash crisis, the local mayor said Sunday.
Kettle and Stony Point First Nation took down the gates blocking vehicle access to Ipperwash Beach on Lake Huron on Friday, saying the route encompasses the band’s “historical trails” and that the community wasn’t consulted when the no-entry gates first went up in 1973. Read the rest of this entry
Alex Neve, Toronto Star, Sat May 19 2012
A prominent human rights body meeting in Geneva is asking questions about the way police in Ontario respond to native land rights protests.
This week, Canada makes its regular report before the United Nations Committee against Torture — the independent expert body that oversees the international human rights treaty for the prevention of torture and ill-treatment. The committee has asked Canadian representatives to explain why recommendations that came out of the landmark Ipperwash inquiry into policing and aboriginal protests in Ontario have not been implemented. Standards for police use of force, police accountability and respect for the right to protest are all matters protected in international human rights law. Read the rest of this entry
Ipperwash, also known as Stoney Point & Aazhoodena, was one of two confrontations in the summer of 1995 between Indigenous people & Canadian police-military forces. While events in Stoney Point unfolded, the siege at Gustafsen Lake/Ts’Peten was already underway. In the BC interior, 450 heavily-armed RCMP had laid siege to a small group of Secwepemc Sundancers. Read the rest of this entry