First Nation Transfer Agreement
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Between the years of 1927 - 1929 the beach front of Kettle and Stony Point was sold by the Indian Agent on behalf of the members of Kettle and Stony Point and in 1935 Ipperwash Provincial Park was opened despite claims of a burial site within the park.
In 1942 under the War Measures Act Stony Point was expropriated to become Camp Ipperwash, a training site for army cadets to be returned to First Nations status after the war. Fifty years later the land had yet to be returned and the descendents of the original families that occupied Stony Point returned to their homeland in 1993. In 1995, Anthony "Dudley" George was shot and killed in Ipperwash Provincial Park defending claims to a burial site located within the park. His death sparked outrage and prompted his brother Maynard "Sam" George's decade long quest for justice.
In 2004 a public inquiry into the death of Dudley George commenced and in 2007 a report of the findings of the public inquiry was issued that included recommendations for the return of Ipperwash Park to reserve status as well as suggestions for how to improve the land claims process and increase cultural sensitivity. In 2008 the land was returned to reserve status and in 2009 the official signing over of the park set in motion one of many recommendations of the Ipperwash inquiry.
Today Kettle and Stony Point is an exemplary First Nation community with many services and amenities that includes an elementary school, shopping plaza, golf course, radio station, medical clinic, and police services. The beach front is renowned for its beautiful shoreline and Kettle and Stony Point relies largely on the tourism industry. It is hoped that by increasing public awareness of this small community greater appreciation for the accomplishments of the First Nation will generate interest in all the reserve has to offer; a wealth of historical, cultural, political, and geographic significance.