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Saturday, 2 June 2007
It's Only One Dead Indian, So Who Cares?

Any government or police official could have uttered that remark when unarmed Dudley George was killed in 1995 in Ipperwash Park. For years, the provincial Conservative Government blocked any inquiry until the provincial Liberals got elected in 2003 on a campaign promise to hold an inquiry which they did.

I remember the name of the protester (Dudley George) who was murdered that day, but I don't remember the killer's name, the OPP officer who did it. Later on, he was killed in a car accident a month before he was due to go on trial.

The most memorable thing about this incident was former Mike Harris telling his lackies "To get those Indians out of the park". Under testimony, Harris couldn't remember what he said and since he didn't order any physical force, there's no apology from him. However, there was an apology from today's premier, Dalton McGinty.

Land disputes, of course, continue throughout Canada, but thanks to this incident, Government and police officials will be handling native protests hopefully in a more civilized fashion.

The CBC TV Movie, "One Dead Indian"

Background On The Incident At Ipperwash Park

Results Of The Ipperwash Inquiry

The Sacred Native-American Burial Grounds In Arizona

Posted by qualteam at 2:38 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 2 June 2007 4:34 PM EDT

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