Our Long Struggle for Home : The Ipperwash Story (Pre-Order for Oct 15/22)

On Point UBC PressSKU: 9780774890571

Author:
Aazhoodenaang Enjibaajig (They come from Aazhoodena)
Grade Levels:
Adult Education
Nation:
Anishinaabe
Book Type:
Paperback
Pages:
192
Publisher:
On Point UBC Press
Copyright Data:
2022
Publication Date:
Oct 15/22

Price:
Sale price$24.95

Description

In this disquieting story of broken promises and thwarted justice, the Anishinaabe of Stoney Point tell of the long struggle to reclaim their ancestral homeland, both before and after the Ipperwash crisis.

In 1995, police shot and killed Dudley George on the site of the former Stoney Point Reserve, near Ipperwash provincial park. But this was just the climax of a long story, told here, for the first time, by George’s sister, cousins, and others from the Stoney Point Reserve.

They tell of broken promises and thwarted hopes in the decades-long battle to reclaim their ancestral homeland. We hear of the devastation wrought by forcible eviction when the government re-purposed Nishnaabeg ancestral territory as an army training camp in 1942, promising to return it after the war. By May 1993, the elders had waited long enough. They entered the still-functioning training camp, under cover of a picnic outing, and constituted themselves as the interim government of the reclaimed Stoney Point Reserve. The next two years brought cultural and social revival, however their actions were ultimately quashed as an illegal occupation.

Offering insights into Nishnaabeg lifeways and historical treaties, this compelling account conveys how government decisions have affected lives, livelihoods, and identity.

Our Long Struggle for Home also shows what can be accomplished through perseverance and undiminished belief in a better future. This is a necessary lesson on colonialism, the power of resistance, persistence, and the possibilities inherent in recognizing treaty rights.

 

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