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Mohawks protest golf course plans at Oka

In the summer of 1990, all eyes were on the small town of Oka for a showdown between native people, Quebec police and eventually the Canadian army. The violent clash was triggered by something as simple as a golf course and as complicated as native burial traditions. The Oka Crisis drew worldwide attention, catapulting native land rights into the spotlight. (Note: Some clips contain explicit language.)

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About 200 Mohawks from the Kanesatake reserve march though Oka protesting plans to expand the village's nine-hole golf course to 18 holes. The Mohawks say the expansion encroaches on their burial ground. Oka Mayor Jean Ouellette says the land belongs to the municipality.
• Approximately 1,300 residents live on the actual territory of the Kanesatake reserve, located west of Montreal.

• The reserve is located on a scenic point where the Ottawa River meets the St. Lawrence River. The village of Oka is the home of one of the largest Trappist monasteries in the world.
Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: April 1, 1989
Guest(s): Jean Ouellette, Clarence Simon
Reporter: Luise Massari
Duration: 1:46

Last updated: October 18, 2013

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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