It took years to unravel what really happened at Ipperwash Provincial Park in September 1995. A native protestor was shot dead by police after heavily armed officers marched to the park to confront a small group of natives who were occupying the park. This episode looks back at the criminal case and the public inquiry that took place after the shooting.
In September 1995, a small group of natives in Southwestern Ontario, occupied a provincial park and campground on the shore of Lake Huron. They claimed Ipperwash Provincial Park contained sacred native burial grounds. Within days the peaceful protest erupted in violence when heavily armed police officers marched to the park to confront the natives. Native protestor Dudley George was shot and killed by a police sniper. Part one of this two part series looks back at the years leading up to the occupation and at the night that George was killed. The opening music in this episode was recorded at a Chippewa Pow Wow at the Kettle and Stony Point Reserve. Thanks to Peter Edwards who shared his knowledge about this complicated case. His book about the Ipperwash crisis is called One Dead Indian.