On March 14, 2007 CANACE co-founders Mark Vandermaas, Gary McHale and longtime Ipperwash resident/community leader Mary-Lou LaPratte held a news conference in the Queen’s Park Media Room to release The Ipperwash Papers project, 400+ documents that show how the Ipperwash Inquiry suppressed all evidence of native crimes against innocent residents.
This suppression of evidence is the reason why, out of 100 recommendations made by the Inquiry, not a single one specifically addresses the issue of violence and crime against third parties to Aboriginal land claims.
The CANACE report below summarizes some of the many failures of the Ipperwash Inquiry:
CANACE report, April 22/08:
Ontario deserves a full and fair inquiry into landclaim lawlessness
A dangerous house of cards surrounded by smoke and mirrors
In our newly-released report, Proof of Race Based Policing in Ontario, we exposed – via our recent discovery of a legal opinion from Ontario’s own Ministry of the Attorney General submitted to the Ipperwash Inquiry - that native occupations are NOT protected by the ‘colour of right’ defence.
The public, especially native people and the rank and file officers of the OPP, deserve to know the truth: the OPP and McGuinty government’s ‘hands off’ approach to native lawlessness is nothing more than an illegal, irresponsible, dangerous house of cards surrounded by smoke and mirrors.
Readers may wish to review a key CANACE report, The Human Costs of Illegal Occupations for a glimpse into the awful price already paid by the victims of racially-based policing in Caledonia and Ipperwash.