Thursday July 1, 2010
The Oka crisis paralyzed the province -- and changed the relationship between Canada and its aboriginal peoples forever.
One police corporal - a member of the SQ's elite intervention squad - died in that hail of bullets.
His name was Marcel Lemay.
His sister, Francine, knew nothing about the Kanesatake Mohawks ...or the conflict over Oka's plans to expand a golf course onto land the Mohawks considered sacred.
Six years ago, she decided to look for answers to the question - why did her brother die?
Loreen Pindera covered the Oka crisis for CBC Radio 20 years ago and went on to write a book about it, called People of the Pines. Here is an excerpt from her documentary on Francine Lemay's journey to make peace with the events of July 1990.
photo: Canadian soldier Pte. Patrick Cloutier and Brad Laroque, an aboriginal man from Saskatchewan, come face to face in a tense standoff at the Kahnesatake reserve in Oka, Quebec, Sept. 1, 1990. (Shaney Komulainen/Canadian Press)