ONTARIO NDP CALLS FOR STONEY POINT INQUIRY
Tuesday, March 4, 1997
Dr. Bruce Clark is being moved from Prince George to Surrey in preparation for a possible Wednesday court appearance as defence witness in the Ts'peten (Gustafsen Lake) trial, sources say. Clark is counsel of choice for many of the Ts'peten Defenders, but was sentenced to a three month jail term on trumped up contempt of court charges, in a desperate attempt by British Columbia authorities to keep him from the trial. Unable to appear as counsel, Clark is being called as witness.
While BC's New Democratic Party (NDP) government attempts to "silence the messenger" in the Ts'peten trial, the Ontario opposition parties renewed calls for an inquiry into the Stoney Point (Ipperwash) affair. The Globe and Mail quoted opposition NDP's Howard Hampton: "Every few months, new information comes out. Your government doesn't like the new information coming out...We want you to call a public inquiry so that all the facts can come out together." This was echoed by Liberal Gerry Philips: "There are serious unanswered questions that can only be answered through a public inquiry. There is overwhelming evidence of the need for that."
Both the Ts'peten and Stoney Point standoffs in the summer of 1995 saw armed police responses to native land rights protests. At Stoney Point one man, Dudley George, was shot to death by police. Yesterday CBC radio reported that police testimony indicates the Ontario Provincial Police fired first upon native protesters. Police have previously insisted they were fired upon first.
The NDP government of BC and the Conservative government of Ontario have both thus far resisted calls for an inquiry. In both cases, it is suspected that such an inquiry would reveal cabinet level involvement in the massive armed responses at both Gustafsen Lake and Stoney Point.
Ts'peten: http://kafka.uvic.ca/~vipirg/SISIS/gustmain.htmlLinks to politicians' email and a more comprehensive list of addresses for protest letters are at:
Stoney Point: http://kafka.uvic.ca/~vipirg/SISIS/ipperwash/arch01.html
Settlers In Support of Indigenous Sovereignty (S.I.S.I.S)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
For more information on Stoney Point contact:
Marcia Simon, RR #1, Forest, Ont. N0N 1J0
Phone: (519) 786-4052, Fax: (519) 786-6642
Canadian Alliance in Solidarity with Native Peoples (CASNP), ATTN: Kahn-tineta Horn
Phone: (416) 972-1573 Fax: (416) 972-6232