Secret Life of Canada

Kanesatake: Let's talk about what happened long before the 'Oka Crisis'

Anniversaries are a strange thing in Canada, depending on who you are and which side you're watching from. It's been 30 years since an event you may know as the Oka Crisis; but that's not where the story begins for The Secret Life of Canada. 
Chiefs of the "Six Nations" explaining Wampum Belts, Sept. 1871 (Joseph Brant / Library and Archi)

Anniversaries are a strange thing in Canada, depending on who you are and which side you're watching from. It's been 30 years since an event you may know as the Oka Crisis; but that's not where the story begins for The Secret Life of Canada. 

In the newest episode of the podcast — Kanesatake 300 Years Later — Leah and Falen talk about the long history leading up to what happened in Oka; a story that spans generations.

Listen for: 

  • We learn about the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Great Law that governs them
  • Falen tells Leah the story of Hochelaga (not the music festival Osheaga) 
  • Falen tries to bring back Coles Notes
  • The return of scurvy 
  • Where the word Mohawk comes from
  • How the Sulpicians, a group of priests, were put in charge of Mohawk land
  • Who wore more makeup 17th century kings or Instagram influencers? (For reference: James Charles.)  
  • We learn about the Two Dog Wampum Belt and traditional agreements 
  • Meet Joseph Onasakenrat, Leah and Falen's new historical crush
  • We learn about all the events that led up to the 1990 "crisis at Oka"  
  • Falen explains the slow chipping away of Mohawk land 

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