(eng)The Death of Dudley George (Ontario) (fwd)

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Subject: The Death of Dudley George (Ontario)

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From THASSAN@TrentU.ca Thu Nov 21 11:39:25 1996

The Death of Dudley George

In the night of September 6, 1995, the Ontario Provincial Police opened
fire on a peaceful occupation of Ipperwash Provincial Park by the Stoney
Point People. When the police pulled out of the park, many people had been
beaten, one youth had been shot and wounded and Dudley George was fatally
injured by a bullet in his chest. Dudley George was a member of the
Aazhoodenaang Enjibaajig, the Stoney Point People. In 1942 the Canadian
government invoked the War Measures Act and forced the Stoney Poi nt
People from their unceded territory, set aside by treaties in 1825 and
1827. Since the end of WWII the Stoney Point People have struggled to have
their land returned.

Stoney Pointers Return Home

In 1990 the Stoney Pointers began moving home when Daniel R. George, Sr.
was buried in the sacred Aazhoodena burial grounds. In 1993 they moved
back onto the firing ranges and lived in makeshift dwellings- small
trailers and tents. The occupation of Ipperwash Park was part of the
struggle to have the Stoney Point burial grounds and territory returned.
On September 14, 1995, eight days after Dudley George was killed the
federal government released documents indicating that there was an
Aboriginal burial ground in the provincial park. Despite the federal
government's recognition that the land should be returned to it's original
owners the provincial government has consistently criminalized the Stoney
Point people. Over 100 charges have been laid by the police since 1993.

On Monday October 21, 1996, the trial against 23 people began in Sarnia.
The Crown released a memorandum stating that 43 charges would be withdrawn
because "the accused have raised the defence of colour of right on the
basis that there is a Chippewa burial ground within Ipperwash Provincial
Park." Five members of Stoney Point First Nation still face over 20
charges. Their next court appearance will be a pre-trial on December
11th. The OPP Murder of Dudley George After a 10 month investigation the
Special Investigations Unit released its report on the shooting death of
Dudley George on July 23, 1996. As a result of the report OPP officer
Kenneth Deane was charged with criminal negligence causing death. Deane
was second-in-command of the Tactics and Rescue Unit operation at
Ipperwash Provincial Park. James M. Stewart, director of the SIU, told
the Attorney General that he had "an honest belief on reasonable grounds
that Deane committed the offence." The charge is related to the discharge
of a firearm. A spokesperson for the SIU said that the details of the
report are protected under the Privacy Act and that all questions must be
made under the Access to Information Act. The officer's trial begins on
April 1st, 1997. According to Pierre George, a brother of Dudley George
the charge against Deane is "only a stalling tactic" and Jean Chretien,
Prime Minister and Mike Harris, Ontario Premier should "both live up to
their titles and do an honourable thing by giving a firm commitment
towards having a public inquiry into my brother's death."

Urgent Appeal for Stoney Point Legal Fund
The Stoney Point People

Urgently require funds for travelling expenses from Toronto to Sarnia
for the lawyers who are representing the five Stoney Pointers still
charged with various criminal offenses.

The Stoney Point Legal Fund
Toronto Dominion Bank
Transit #36242
Account #522

Send Letters & Faxes to:
Jean Chretien Prime Minister,
Langevin Block 80 Wellington Floor 2 Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
phone: 613-992-4211 Fax: 613-941-6900

Ron Irwin Minister, Indian & Northern Affairs
House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0H4 phone: 819-977-0380 fax: 819-953-4941

Mike Harris Ontario Premier
Legislative Building R. 281 Queen's Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1
phone: 416-325-1941 fax: 416-325-3745

Robert Runciman Solicitor General of Ontario
175 Bloor St E #400 N Tower, Toronto, ON M4W 3R8
phone: 416-326-5075 fax: 326-5085

- Ask the government to honour the 1827 Treaty and to recognize the
Stoney Point People's right to their land.
- Demand that telephones be installed immediately.
- Demand an official inquiry into the OPP murder of Dudley George.

For More Information:

In Stoney Point
Marcia Simon
Forest, ON N0N 1J0
phone: 519 786-4052
fax: 519-786-6642

In Peterborough
Anti-Colonial Action Alliance
#25, 197 Hunter St. W.
Peterborough ON K9H 2J1
email thassan@trentu.ca

In Toronto
Toronto Coalition Against Racism (TCAR)
Box 133, 339A College St.
Toronto, ON M5T 1S2
phone: 416-530-0262
fax: 416-977-6999
email: ca901@freenet.toronto.on.ca

In Kitchener
Sumac Collective
P.O. Box 40067, 75 King St. S.
Waterloo, ON N2J 4V1

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