AIAI will continue to implement the priorities of the Ipperwash Inquiry based on the best interests of our Member Nations.
AIAI has participated on the Ipperwash Inquiry Priorities and Action Committee (IIPAC) since 2009. This committee is a mechanism of collaboration between First Nation organizations and the government of Ontario. Briefly, the Action Committee was formed as a way to implement policy-related recommendations from the final report of the Ipperwash Inquiry that was released in 2007.
The Ipperwash Inquiry came as a response to the events that surrounded the death of Dudley George, who was shot and killed by an Ontario Provincial Police officers during a protest at Ipperwash Provincial Park in 1995.
The government of Ontario, through the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, has shifted away from funding the Action Committee and has moved towards project-based funding. Regardless of Ontario’s lack of financial commitment AIAI will continue to work on the following priorities:
Recommendations #14 & 15 (Duty to Consult and Accommodate)
The provincial government should work with First Nations and Metis organizations to develop policies regarding how the government can meet its duty to consult and accommodate. The duty to consult and accommodate should eventually be incorporated into provincial legislation, regulations, and other relevant government policies as appropriate.
The provincial government should promote respect and understanding of the duty to consult and accommodate within relevant provincial agencies and Ontario municipalities.
Recommendation #22 (Heritage and Burials)
The provincial government should work with First Nations and Aboriginal organizations to develop policies that acknowledge the uniqueness Aboriginal burial and heritage sites, ensure that First Nations are aware of decisions affecting Aboriginal burial and heritage sites, and promote First Nations participation in decision-making. These rules should be eventually be incorporated into provincial legislation, regulations, and other government policies as appropriate.
Recommendations #58 & 59 (Policing)
Federal, provincial, and First Nation governments should commit to developing long-range plans for First Nation policing in Ontario.
Federal, provincial, and First Nation governments should commit to developing a secure legislative base for First Nation police services in Ontario.
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