Ipperwash Park Decommissioned, Ready for Transfer

The Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation says it’s seeking to proceed with transfer of Ipperwash Provincial Park back to the community.

Chief Tom Bressette says after 78 years the former provincial park is now decommissioned and ready for the complicated process of being returned to its original owners. A news release issued by the First Nation on Friday says clearance and restoration of the lands is complete.

The 56-hectare park has been closed since September 1995 when native protesters, claiming the area is a sacred burial ground, began an occupation that led to the OPP shooting death of Dudley George. A two-year public inquiry followed after which discussions began with the province and Canada for the return of the lands.

Community consultation will begin to discuss potential future uses for the lands which will include continued protection of culturally significant archaeological sites.