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Behind the lines: Invisible scars left by Oka Crisis 25 years later

Mohawks from Kanesatake, Que., march to mark the 25th anniversary of the Oka Crisis, in Oka, Que., on Saturday, July 11, 2015. The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz

Mohawks from Kanesatake, Que., march to mark the 25th anniversary of the Oka Crisis, in Oka, Que., on Saturday, July 11, 2015. The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz

Mohawk journalist Dan David reflects on his time during Oka Summer

By Dan David, CBC News, July 11, 2015

At 5 a.m. on the morning of July 11, I’ll be with traditional people and a few guests in The Pines on Kanehsatà:ke Mohawk Territory. There won’t be any government people, politicians, or members of the band council.

No long speeches, preening egos, or empty promises allowed. Just a few people who wish to reflect on the meanings of events that began on a day exactly 25 years before. Read the rest of this entry

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

by National Film Board of Canada, uploaded to Youtube on Sept 20, 2011
Directed by Alanis Obomsawin – 1993

On a July 11, 1990, a confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Quebec, into the international spotlight. Director Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. This powerful documentary takes you right into the action of an age-old Aboriginal struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades.

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The Oka Crisis in five minutes

by Submedia TV

The so called “Oka Crisis” is one of the most legendary battles between indigenous land defenders and settles in the last century. This uprising against colonization set the tone for native resistance in Turtle Island to this day. We as subMedia.tv like to big up the Mohawks of Kanehsatà:ke whenever possible, and in honor of the 25th anniversary of this rupture, we bring you two videos from our vault. Read the rest of this entry

Revisiting the Pines: Oka’s legacy

Warriors at Oka, 1990; the 78-day armed standoff at Kanesatake, Mohawk territory, continues to haunt government and corporations in their dealings with Indigenous peoples.

Warriors at Oka, 1990; the 78-day armed standoff at Kanesatake, Mohawk territory, continues to haunt government and corporations in their dealings with Indigenous peoples.

by Marian Scott, Montreal Gazette, July 10, 2015

KANESATAKE — Behind the barricade at the entrance to the Pines, Denise David tossed and turned, dreaming of a deadly melée between unknown foes.

Her nightmare was about to come true.

It was the morning of July 11, 1990, a day that would rudely awaken Canadians to the anger simmering in First Nations communities. Read the rest of this entry

“Oka Crisis” 25 Year Anniversary Poster PDF

Oka 1990 Anniversary Poster 1To mark the 25 year anniversary of the 1990 “Oka Crisis” Warrior Publications has released this 11X17 inch colour poster by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Gord Hill.  You can download this PDF and print it out on a colour laser printer.  Help keep the history of Indigenous resistance alive!  To download click Oka 1990 Anniversary Poster 1. Read the rest of this entry

Barricades not out of the question to fight pipeline: Mohawk leader

Warrior and Canadian soldier face off during the Oka Crisis of 1990.

Warrior and Canadian soldier face off during the Oka Crisis of 1990.

Anne Caroline Desplanques, QMI Agency, April 11, 2015

MONTREAL — Twenty-eight years after the Kanesatake Mohawk First Nation squared off against police during the Oka Crisis, the community’s grand chief has not ruled out barricades to prevent TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline from being built in its territory.

“It’s possible because it’s been helpful in the past,” said Serge Simon. “At the moment, this isn’t our strategy, but it could happen.”

According to the planned route, the pipeline will pass through the northern part of Kanesatake in Quebec.

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Ottawa giving RCMP cash for high-tech surveillance targeting Mohawk tobacco trade

Tobacco store in Kahnawake, Mohawk Territory.

Tobacco store in Kahnawake, Mohawk Territory.

APTN National News, Feb 11, 2014
OTTAWAThe federal government is continuing its battle against the underground Mohawk tobacco trade by giving the RCMP new high-tech border surveillance tools, according to the federal budget unveiled Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry

CSIS agent targeted Kanesatake man over Greece trip: recording

By Tom Fennario and Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Sept 20, 2013


MONTREAL-An agent with Canada’s spy agency tried to entice a Kanesatake man to meet over “coffee” and discuss his recent trip to Greece before turning the conversation personal by bringing up the 1990 Oka Crisis, according to a recording of the phone conversation posted online. Read the rest of this entry

Wikileak Warriors: US cables on Native ‘threats’

Two recent news articles from APTN National News highlight US involvement in counter-insurgency operations against Indigenous peoples in Canada, and other social movements.  One concerns the 2004 confrontation at Kanesatake when a corrupt band chief brought in dozens of outside Native cops to conduct raids on the territory.  At this time, Quebec officials requested assistance from the FBI due to alleged concerns over Natives from the US entering the territory.  Both articles are derived from US diplomatic cables that were recently revealed through Wikileaks. Read the rest of this entry