Kanehsatake 270 Years of Resistance
a film by Alanis Obomsawin
On July 11, 1990, the Mohawk Peoples of Kanehsatàke 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.
Kanehsatake 270 Years of Resistance takes us through the history and the events that took place at OKA.
The Full Movie (hosted by The Nation Film Board of Canada) is provided below:
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