The Anishinabek First Nation is calling former Ontario premier Mike Harris’s appointment to the Order of Ontario “an insult”.
Glen Hare, Grand Chief Council for the Anishinabek First Nation, denounced the former premier’s role in the Ipperwash Crisis of 1995 that killed one person.
“The Ipperwash Inquiry made it very clear that while he didn’t personally pull the trigger, Mike Harris’ actions as the Premier of Ontario contributed to the circumstances that led to the shooting death of unarmed land defender Anthony ‘Dudley’ George on the night of September 6, 1995,” said Hare. “This is an insult to First Nations people. Harris’ contribution to our collective knowledge is anything but positive.”
2020 marked the 25-year anniversary of the Ipperwash Crisis, which saw members of the Stoney Point Reserve occupy their traditional land which was appropriated by the Canadian Government during World War II.
Two years of occupation led to a clash between protestors and the OPP which resulted in the death of George.
Harris, a former MPP of Nipissing, was recognized for the Order of Ontario on January 1. The award goes to people whose achievements leave a lasting legacy in the province.