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Oka: 10 years later

The Story


A decade has passed since the Oka Crisis but those involved still reel from the hurt and the anger. Two of its key players, Mohawk spokesperson Ellen Gabriel and Quebec Minister of Native Affairs John Ciaccia, reflect on both the positive and negative impact the crisis has had on their lives.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: July 11, 2000
Guests: John Ciaccia, Ellen Gabriel
Host: Alison Smith
Reporter: Lynne Robson
Duration: 2:56

Did You know?


• In July 1992, 34 Mohawks involved in the stand-off were found not guilty and acquitted on charges ranging from weapons possession to assault and participating in a riot.

• In 1997, the federal government purchased the disputed land from the village of Oka. Instead of expanding a golf course, the Mohawks were allowed to expand their existing cemetery.


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