Dudley George died for our rights, says Madahbee
As Anishinabek Nation communities observe the shooting death 18 years ago Sept. 6 of unarmed protestor Dudley George at the former Ipperwash Provincial Park, Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee said First Nations can never forget the sacrifices that have been made in the defence of treaty and inherent rights.
“The clear message of the Ipperwash Inquiry Report recommendations was that all Ontarians need to have a better understanding of and respect for the treaty relationship,” he said. “We want the George family at Kettle and Stony Point to know that our thoughts are with them on this day, and that our resolve remains strong despite government trying to legislate away our nationhood.”
“We would have expected that the deaths of First Nations citizens would make Canada and Ontario understand that the old colonial approaches simply will not work. But they are still plowing ahead, greedily raping our lands of natural resources and chopping the budgets of First Nations organizations for speaking out about the injustices.”
Madahbee said the Harper government is causing irreparable damage to Canada’s relationship with First Nations and to its international reputation, since its current legislative agenda ignores its constitutional obligations and its commitments as a signatory to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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