The Ipperwash Inquiry Report
A road map to better relationships between Aboriginal people and the Ontario government.
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About the report
The Ipperwash Inquiry looked into the events surrounding the death of Anthony O'Brien (Dudley) George, who was shot and killed by an Ontario Provincial Police officer during a protest by First Nations representatives at Ipperwash Provincial Park in 1995. It was asked to make recommendations about avoiding violence in similar circumstances in the future.
The report provides a roadmap for new relationships between Aboriginal peoples and the Ontario Government based on respect and reconciliation.
Release date: May 31, 2007
Total number of recommendations: 100
Key themes of the recommendations:
- policing of Aboriginal protests and occupations
- relationships among federal, provincial and First Nations governments
- the land claims process
- sharing the benefits of resource development
- consultation concerning Aboriginal and treaty rights
- public awareness and education about Aboriginal peoples
The report also called on the government to create:
- a new stand-alone Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
- an Ontario Aboriginal Reconciliation Fund
- a Treaty Commission of Ontario
Status of recommendations
Most of the report’s recommendations have been carried out or are in the process of being addressed.
Achievements to date:
- established the province’s first separate Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
- created the New Relationship Fund to improve Aboriginal abilities to consult on land and resource projects
- faster responses to land claim submissions
- agreed to transfer Ipperwash Provincial Park to the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation
The Ipperwash Inquiry Priorities and Action Committee
The provincial government made a commitment to work collaboratively with First Nations to address the recommendations of the report. Ongoing work includes:
- exploring options for a Treaty Commission of Ontario
- improving First Nations policing
- protecting burial and heritage sites