HERITAGE AND BURIALS
The Final Report of the Ipperwash Inquiry provided recommendations that focused on greater First Nation participation in policies that deal with heritage, burial and sacred sites. Since then a working group has been established with representatives from First Nations and Ontario ministries including Tourism and Culture, Small Business and Consumer Relations, Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Aboriginal Affairs. The working group is set to develop and implement a work plan to address the related recommendations in the Report of the Ipperwash Inquiry dealing with:
– Clarifying existing practices, requirements, and policies for First Nations, First Nation organizations, and the public
– Developing appropriate policies and legislative and/or regulatory amendments
– Establishing methods for ongoing communication.
The First Nations Ipperwash Task Force, Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs met in May 2011 to develop a work plan that puts in place implementation activities for the recommendations of the Report of the Ipperwash Inquiry.