30 years later, a Mohawk filmmaker reflects on the Oka Crisis
It's been 30 years since an explosion of violence and the death of a Quebec provincial police officer on an early July morning marked the beginning of the Oka Crisis. In the summer of 1990, thousands of Canadian soldiers surrounded two Mohawk communities, just outside Montreal, that were trying to protect a forest and burial ground from the expansion of a golf course. Today on Front Burner, we speak to Mohawk filmmaker Tracey Deer, who grew up in Kahnawake, Que. She shares what it was like living through a standoff that came to be a defining conflict in Canadian history.