Oka Crisis

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  • Kanesatake 2017

    Frustration mounts as land dispute continues in Oka, Que.

    Frustration continues to mount in Kanesatake, Que., where residents of the Mohawk community are once again rallying to protect a stand of trees known as The Pines from encroaching development.

    Posted: Aug 02, 2017 2:58 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 02, 2017 3:07 PM ET
  • OKA Crisis Anniversary 20150707

    Opinion The Oka Crisis was supposed to be a wake-up call. Little has changed in 27 years

    by Steve Bonspiel

    The land in dispute? It's still in the hands of Oka. Mohawk land illegally taken, yet no one is doing anything to take it back.

    Posted: Jul 11, 2017 5:00 AM ET
  • THE DREAMER

    Monday April 03, 2017

    Audio THE DREAMER

    Kahnawake-born filmmaker Tracey Deer brings the raw, funny and rarely explored experiences of women on the rez into the spotlight through her hit TV series, Mohawk Girls. Her place in her own community is now uncertain.

    Listen 35:36
  • Tracey Deer on the moment in 1990 that changed everything

    Friday March 31, 2017

    Video Tracey Deer on the moment in 1990 that changed everything

    The Mohawk filmmaker looks back on a late August day in 1990 when she was in a convoy of cars pelted by rocks hurled by angry white men. She was 12. The incident shaped her life.

    Watch 3:14
  • March 10, 1990 occupation begins

    Filmmaker screens Oka crisis doc at Canadian Film Day event

    by Anna Dimoff

    Alanis Obomsawin made her mark in the 90's by documenting the Oka Crisis.

    Posted: Mar 07, 2017 6:39 PM ET
  • Sociologist Rima Wilkes discusses the bigger picture of iconic image

    Sunday September 20, 2015

    Audio Sociologist Rima Wilkes discusses the bigger picture of iconic image

    It was an image that was thought to capture a tense standoff between a Canadian soldier performing his duty to his country and a Mohawk warrior protecting his land. Rima Wilkes explains how a picture is not always what it seems.

    Listen 5:20
  • Unreserved looks back 25 years at the Oka Crisis

    Sunday September 20, 2015

    Audio Unreserved looks back 25 years at the Oka Crisis

    September 26th marks the 25th anniversary of the end of the Oka Crisis. It was a turning point in the way Canadians saw Indigenous Peoples and the way they saw themselves. Twenty-five years later, Unreserved takes you behind the lines.

    Listen 43:15
  • Kaniehtiio Horn behind the barricades at Oka

    Sunday September 20, 2015

    Audio Kaniehtiio Horn behind the barricades at Oka

    Mohawk actress Kaniehtiio Horn recalls her summer behind the barricades during the Oka Crisis.

    Listen 6:17
  • Still from Rocks at Whiskey Trench

    Blog Oka Crisis: 5 films that shed light on the events

    by Jordan Wheeler

    The "Oka Crisis" was a tumultuous time in the history of Canada and one that all Canadians should be familiar with. Here are five films that shed light on the events before, during and after what indigenous people call Oka Summer.

    Posted: Jul 19, 2015 9:40 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 21, 2015 11:14 AM ET
  • Oka Kanesatake 25 years

    Oka Crisis 25th anniversary marked in Kanesatake's Pines

    Twenty-five years after the Oka Crisis, the relationship between the Kanesatake Mohawks and the municipality of Oka remains fractured, like a wound that never quite heals.

    Posted: Jul 11, 2015 11:30 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 11, 2015 2:24 PM ET
  • Oka Crisis Anniversary 20150707

    Oka Crisis: Mohawk claim to pine forest never resolved

    by Loreen Pindera

    The Mohawks of Kanesatake will on Saturday mark 25 years since the start of the standoff that became known as the Oka Crisis on the very spot where a botched police raid triggered those events on July 11, 1990.

    Posted: Jul 11, 2015 10:02 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 11, 2015 4:28 PM ET
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  • OKA Crisis Anniversary 20150707

    Opinion Behind the lines: Invisible scars left by Oka Crisis 25 years later

    by Dan David

    On July 11, 1990, my world became a lot more black and white as a writer and journalist. The actions of Canada and Quebec shattered most of the illusions I’d been taught about a “Just Society”, the “rule of law”, and “honour of the Crown.”

    Posted: Jul 11, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 17, 2015 5:23 PM ET
  • OKA Crisis Anniversary 20150707

    Oka Crisis deepened understanding of land claims in Canada

    by Giuseppe Valiante and Peter Rakobowchuk

    Twenty-five years on, the legacy of the Oka Crisis for many of those who experienced the tension west of Montreal is a greater awareness of indigenous issues.

    Posted: Jul 07, 2015 6:48 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 17, 2015 5:25 PM ET
  • OKA STANDOFF

    Oka standoff: Mohawk barricades went up 25 years ago

    by Loreen Pindera

    What began as a dispute between Kanesatake Mohawks and the neighbouring town of Oka over a proposed golf-course expansion turned into a costly 78-day standoff with police and the Canadian army.

    Posted: Jul 06, 2015 7:00 PM ET audio
  • BROKEN ARROW

    Timeline Oka Crisis: 78 days of civil unrest

    by Loreen Pindera, Laurene Jardin

    Twenty-five years ago, barricades went up in Oka, Que. and on Montreal's Mercier Bridge after a botched police raid on a Mohawk protest camp. It would become the biggest military intervention on Canadian soil of the 20th century.

    Posted: Jul 06, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 17, 2015 5:22 PM ET
  • CBC News was there: Oka Crisis

    Saturday August 02, 2014

    Video CBC News was there: Oka Crisis

    Here's a look back at then-CBC Newsworld's coverage of the land dispute between police and Mohawks in Quebec in 1991

    Watch 1:30
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    A sister's grief bridges a cultural divide

    by Loreen Pindera

    Twenty years ago, a young Quebec police constable became the first casualty in the Oka standoff with Montreal's Mohawks. Today, his sister has translated into French a book of Mohawk stories, to help bridge the gap between the two communities.

    Posted: Jul 08, 2010 11:58 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 17, 2015 5:45 PM ET

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