Feds, Ont. First Nations sign settlement over Camp Ipperwash

A bitter and bloody land dispute between Ottawa and a southwestern Ontario First Nation that culminated in the police killing of an aboriginal protester two decades ago has formally come to an end.

The federal government and the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation signed an agreement Thursday to return Camp Ipperwash, a former military base built on land appropriated in 1942, to the First Nation.

The agreement also gives the First Nation $95 million “to invest in a brighter future.” Read More.


Lambton College and Kettle & Stony Point First Nation partner to open new satellite entrepreneurship office

After securing a $90-million federal deal last fall, the Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation are now positioning themselves for economic growth.

Officials with the First Nation band and Lambton College gathered Thursday to open their joint satellite entrepreneurship office inside the Kettle & Stony Point administration building northeast of Sarnia.

“There’s so many jobs and so many opportunities that are going to arrive in those two communities over the coming five to 10 years that it just made sense that we open up a small business incubator at Kettle & Stony Point,” said Jon Milos, the college’s director of entrepreneurship. Read More.


Lambton College partners with Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation to launch a satellite location of The Cube

SARNIA, March 24, 2016 – In an ongoing commitment to foster the entrepreneurial spirit of the local community, Lambton College is pleased to announce a brand new partnership with the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation (KSPFN) to establish a satellite hub of The Cube, the College’s on-campus entrepreneurial incubator.

The Cube at Kettle & Stony Point (KSP) is a collaborative effort between Lambton College and the local First Nation community and will focus on providing entrepreneurial education and start-up support for residents of KSPFN.

The official announcement was made earlier today during the First Nation’s 3rd Annual Career Resource Job Fair, which took place at Hillside School.

The new satellite location was established in a joint effort between the two organizations to promote entrepreneurship within the First Nation economy. Read More.


Kettle and Stony Point to vote on ratifying land code

Members of the Anishnaabeg of Kettle and Stony Point are set to vote in March on a land code that would allow the First Nation to opt out of sections of the Indian Act and govern its own reserve lands and resources.

First Nation manager Lorraine George said the band council at Kettle and Stony Point began working approximately a decade ago to develop its own land code, following a process put in place in 1999 in Canada.

That work has been completed and band members are set to vote March 6 on whether or not to ratify the code. Read More.


Tensions rise over First Nation’s use of beach near scene of Ipperwash crisis

Cooler heads should prevail and upper levels of government must step in after a First Nation in southwestern Ontario tore down barriers and began driving along a stretch of beach near the site of the 1995 Ipperwash crisis, the local mayor said Sunday.

Kettle and Stony Point First Nation took down the gates blocking vehicle access to Ipperwash Beach on Lake Huron on Friday, saying the route encompasses the band’s “historical trails” and that the community wasn’t consulted when the no-entry gates first went up in 1973. Read More.