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Towards understanding a tumultuous time in Canada’s history, 25 years after 78 day stand off
It’s been 25 years since what Canada calls the Oka Crisis erupted over the expansion of a golf course and a housing development on Mohawk land, some of it on a Mohawk burial site.
Provincial police and the Canadian army showed their might to varying degrees of failure and success over the 78 days before the siege ended. Two people died. Numerous were injured. Arrests were made and at the end of the day the government of Canada now owns the land where the burial site rests.
The golf course remains at nine holes and the houses were never built.
It was a turning point, in my opinion, that united indigenous people across Canada in a way never seen before and not again until Idle No More.
It was a tumultuous time in the history of Canada in terms of indigenous relations, one that all Canadians should be familiar with. To that end here are five films that shed light on the events before, during and after what indigenous people call Oka Summer.