Tomorrow, the Ipperwash Inquiry will release its report on the death of Dudley George in Ipperwash back in September 1995. Here are 12 suggested questions for journalists who want to know what really happened in Ipperwash. They will explain why the Ipperwash Inquiry can never provide any credible recommendations with respect to preventing future land claim violence against innocent residents:
- Out of 139 witnesses who testified at the Ipperwash Inquiry, why was not a single one of them a full time resident?
- Why did the Inquiry, which took 3 years to complete, give the residents at total of only 90 minutes to speak to the Commissioner, and why did the Inquiry feel the need to sanitize the minutes of that meeting?
- Why did the Inquiry fail to call a witness who says he saw natives at the unsecured crime scene raking the ground and picking objects out of the sand at the exact spot where Dudley George fell?
- Why did the Inquiry deny standing for Part 1 to the Ontario Federation for Individual Rights and Equality, an organization created to give a voice to residents traumatized by native crime before, during and after the events of September 1995?
- Why did the Inquiry exclude important documents from the Inquiry, including a victim impact statement by the Town of Bosanquet – now Lambton Shores – that blamed the Department of National Defence for the death of Dudley George and the terrorization of their community due to the DND’s failure to remove illegal occupiers; failure to permit the law to be upheld; failure to protect its boundaries; and on the military’s retreat and desertion of Camp Ipperwash in the middle of the night?
- Why did the Inquiry fail to publish evidence that showed how residents and tourists were victimized by native criminals in the years prior to the death of Mr. George and afterwards, and how they were re-victimized by OPP Two Tier Justice since at least as early as 1990?
- Why did the Inquiry fail to call a witness who says he saw Dudley George holding a rifle with a scope on it just weeks before his death?
- Why did the Inquiry fail to call residents to testify about how their insurance companies told them there would be no coverage because the Ipperwash situation was considered to be a ‘rebellion’ and an ‘insurrection?’
- Why did the Inquiry not hold a single symposium to address the issue of preserving the Rule of Law during land claims?
- Why did the Inquiry not publish the ONLY project (to the best of our knowledge) prepared for Part 2 of the Inquiry that focused on the trauma suffered by Ipperwash residents?
- Why did the OPP abandon elderly and sick residents in their homes after being ordered out of Ipperwash by native rebels?
- What role did the Department of National Defence/OPP failure to enforce the law play in the violent takeover of Camp Ipperwash and subsequent death of Dudley George?
For the answers to these questions, allow me to suggest that you visit The Ipperwash Papers website at www.ipperwashpapers.ca and review the following documents:
- The Investigation: remarks by Mark Vandermaas at Queen’s Park news conference.
- A Resident’s View: remarks by Ipperwash resident, Mary-Lou LaPratte.
- Summary of Evidence: indepth analysis of The Ipperwash Papers documents.
- Document A-1: Mary-Lou LaPratte submission to Ipperwash Inquiry – Chronology with affidavit. The Inquiry never published this shocking diary of events at Ipperwash. An absolute ‘must-read.’
The Ipperwash Papers show that Two Tier Justice – the failure to enforce the law against native criminality – in the years prior to his death was the primary cause of Dudley George’s demise. It encouraged him and others like him to participate in what insurance companies of the day called an “insurrection” and “rebellion” during which the OPP – acting on orders from rebel leaders – abandoned the area for fear of their lives.
The Ipperwash Inquiry went out of its way to exclude all evidence that showed how innocent residents suffered due to native crime and the failure to contain it. Unfortunately, in so doing, the Inquiry deprived the people of Ontario and Canada of the opportunity to learn a critical lesson in how to prevent future violence during land claims: Dudley George may have died from an OPP bullet, but it was Two Tier Justice that loaded the rifle.
“In a time of universal deceipt, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”
Mark Vandermaas, Editor
Lead Investigator – The Ipperwash Papers