Essay The Oka Crisis

876 Words Jun 1st, 2013 4 Pages
Land ownership is arguably one of the most controversial aspects of Aboriginal human rights today in Canada. The issue of land ownership reached a tense climax in the summer of 1990, when a violent standoff erupted over ownership rights to a piece of land within the town of Oka. The 78-day standoff between the Quebec Police and the Mohawks of Kanesatake was one of the most revolutionary acts of defiance of Canadian Aboriginals in the 20th century. The crisis at Oka inspired and gained support of people worldwide. The event inspired protests as well as sudden increase in land claims from Aboriginals in New York, Vancouver, and various other parts of the world. "This is a Mohawk issue, it's for all the Mohawks in every …show more content…
One resident requested that the government "give the Indians their land so everyone could go home and relax."(CBC News). The event also affected the townspeople as well, as the barricades put up by the Mohawks blocked access to many public routes, and the constant presence of armed forces and the police created a very tense atmosphere. The government's indifference to the Mohawks' pleas to preserve

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