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Kanehsatake 270 Years of Resistance

by on July 11, 2009
 

On July 11, 1990, the Mohawk Peoples of Kanehsatà:ke stood up against a legacy of fraudulent theft when the Municipality of Oka, in collusion with the Federal and provincial governments, tried to make way for the expansion of a 9-hole golf course and a new condominium project.

In the weeks and months that followed, Canada’s glowing image was tarnished forever. Many of us were shown for the first time the kind of treachery and brute force ways of the Canadian Government. Treachery and brute force that continues to this day.

The Oka Crisis also showed us just how entrenched racism is among Canadian citizens, particularly at the Mercier Bridge on August 28, 1990 — when a violent mob assaulted a convoy of Mohawk Elders, Women, and Children seeking refuge away from their community. The police stood by and watched. Alanis Obomsawin produced a documentary about this event, titled “Rocks at Whiskey Trench.”

Obomsawin also produced the film Kanehsatake 270 Years of Resistance, which takes us through the history and the events that took place at OKA.

   
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  • August 6, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I must comment, as no one else has yet, and have also added this extemely important historical documentation of the ongoing crisis at Kanehsatake, Oka, and protests at Caledonia to “Unsolved Crimes; “Indian Country”. This video is very well done and will enlighten the world as to what is happening and may happen elsewhere in the Six Nations if we are not aware of the struggles. We need to support individuals and All First Nation People as they struggle with land “theft” and dis-use such as golf courses (at Six Nations Grand River as well, where private Heritary land parcels, adjoining Cayuga burial grounds, are proposing another golf course, against the wishes of the “owner” who has recently “walked to Spirit”)… Will history repeat itself there? I pray not.

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  • September 21, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    we who live in canada who watched the tv or listened to the radio thought the natives were being manipulated and were at the same time created tension we ask if necessary

    what i think we need to do is build a bio-sphere of life which when built will protect your sacred land while preserving the nature we will need to live in harmony with. the architect is drawing these plans in auto cad.

    The next time the robotic police goons try to make their 30 pieces of silver i hope they will see a bio-sphere of life which appear as a number of varying mountains high in the air. Each mountain looks man-made yet all the trees are part of the walls of these mountains. Perhaps then the natives will feed the goons food not bullets as they deserved?

    What else is worth understanding is with this method of building you will be better capable of sustaining your life through the bio-sphere you create. May god bless us and the world we create along this journey.

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