Oka Crisis

June 26, 2017

Oka 1990

Oka 1990, Shaney Komulainen.The Canadian Press, 698687


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.

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