Tuesday, 22 March 2011

FIRST NATION IN REVOLT: THE OKA CRISIS 1990

The Oka Crisis was one of many attempts by the Canadian government to halt First Nation land claims by force. The Mohawk blockaded their traditional burial grounds after a development was announced that would build a golf course over it. The situation escalated, first with the Police attempting to arrest the Warrior Society - losing an officer and six cruisers in the process after a fifteen minute gun battle - and then the military, which started a prolonged siege. The Crisis lasted 78 days and was heavily covered by the media, producing some memorable and tense images of the conflict between Mohawk and military.


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