On July 11, 1990, a 78-day standoff between security forces and members of the Mohawk community of Kanesatake, Quebec, began with the barricading of a local road. Protesters were angry about the town of Oka’s decision to extend a golf course onto land that included a Mohawk burial ground. The Oka Crisis came to symbolize simmering First Nation discontent, prompting the federal government to launch the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, which would recommend sweeping reforms.
Each day for 150 days leading up to the opening of the Canadian History Hall, we’re presenting one moment among the many that have shaped our country. Discover more of Canada’s significant historical events in the new Canadian History Hall, opening July 1, 2017.