Three of The Current
Waneek Horn-Miller on improving native health
We started this segment with the sound of heavy gunfire in the Mohawk territory of Khanasetake on the morning of July 11th, 1990 -- relations between natives and non-natives hadn't been so tense in generations.
The Oka crisis was a formative moment for Canada. It would be a formative moment for a 14 year old Mohawk girl as well. Waneek Horn-Miller was injured during the standoff - she believes that injury intensified her competitive edge. It would eventually take her to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, as co-captain of the Women's Water Polo team.
And those native - non-native tensions would return in her personal life as well. When she fell in love with a white man, she risked becoming estranged from her community of Kahnewake. Now she's trying to change the game for First Nations Canadians through a program aimed at improving native health and wellness on the Aboriginal People's Television Network or APTN. Waneek Horn-Miller was in Montreal.
This segment was produced The Current's Pedro Sanchez.
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