Like Wounded KneeOka was an awakening for an entire generation. The standoff began with an armed police assault on a blockade at Kanehsatake on July 11,which saw one police officer shot dead in a brief exchange of gunfire. Overall, Oka had a profound effect on Indigenous peoples and was the single most important factor in re-inspiring our warrior spirit.
Historical background[ edit ] Mohawk people first settled in the Montreal area in the early 18th century, moving north from their homeland in the Hudson River valley. Mohawk settlement in the St Lawrence river valley was influenced to a great extent by French Jesuit missionaries who sought converts from among the Mohawk and who established Jesuit missionary villages for them at Kahnawake and Kahnesatake.
Inthe governor of New France had granted the lands encompassing "the Pines" and the Pine Hill Cemetery, where local Mohawk ancestors had been buried,  and to whom it was considered sacred burial ground  to the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice or Sulpician Fathers Seminarya Roman Catholic order that was Oka crisis out of Paris, France.
Inone year after Confederationthe chief of the Oka Mohawk people, Joseph Onasakenratwrote a letter to the seminary claiming that its grant had included about nine square miles reserved for Mohawk use in trust of the seminary, and that the seminary had neglected this trust by granting themselves the seminary sole ownership rights.
Local authorities ended this stand-off with force. At the time they still kept Oka crisis on the common land. Bythe Mohawk were left to six remaining square kilometers from their original Construction also began on a parking lot and golf greens adjacent to the Mohawk cemetery. The claim was accepted for filing and funds were provided for additional research of the claim.
In the claim was rejected on the basis that it failed to meet key legal criteria. As the Office of Native Claims had rejected the Mohawk claim on the land three years earlier, his office did not consult the Mohawk on the plans. No environmental or historic preservation review was undertaken.
Inthe court found in favour of the developers and the mayor of Oka, Jean Ouellette, announced that the remainder of the pines would be cleared to expand the golf course to eighteen holes and to construct 60 condominiums. Mayor Ouellette demanded compliance with the court order, but the protesters refused.
The Mohawk people, in accordance with the Constitution of the Iroquois Confederacyasked the women, the caretakers of the land and "progenitors of the nation", whether or not the arsenal which the Warriors had amassed should remain.
In response, gunfire ensued from both sides,  and after a minute gun battle the police fell back, abandoning six cruisers and a bulldozer. Although an initial account reported that year-old SQ Corporal Marcel Lemay had been shot in the face during the firefight a later inquest determined that the bullet which struck and eventually killed him struck his "left side below the armpit, an area not covered by [his] bullet-proof vest".
Later in the day, several of the elders protesting were arrested and a confrontation with the band community ensued as Mounties marched the squad cars holding those arrested through the reserve en route to Lillooet.
The Warriors established a network for communications between the Mohawk villages AkwesasneKanesatake and Kahnawakethat used hand-held radios, cellular phones, air raid sirens and fire hall bells, as well as local radio stations, and human patrols.
Despite pressure to do so, their barricade was not dismantled. At the peak of the crisis, the Mercier Bridge and Routesand were all blocked, creating substantial disruption to traffic and anger as the crisis dragged on.
Long after the crisis, this unfinished roadway was eventually incorporated into Quebec Autoroute Frustration over traffic congestion and diversion due to the bridge and road blocks were occasionally expressed publicly.
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was reluctant to have the federal government and, in particular, the Canadian Forcesso involved. Under the act, however, the Solicitor General of Quebecunder direction from the Premier of Quebec, had the right to requisition the armed forces to maintain law and order as a provincial responsibility; this move had precedent in Canada, including two decades earlier during the October Crisis which had been requested by Robert Bourassa at that time as well.
It was around this time that the SQ had apparently lost control of the situation, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were deployed on August They were prohibited from using force and were soon overwhelmed by riots caused by Mohawks and mobs created by the blocked traffic during the course of which, ten constables were hospitalized.
Additional troops and mechanized equipment mobilized at staging areas around Montreal, while reconnaissance aircraft staged air photo missions over Mohawk territory to gather intelligence.
Despite high tensions between the two sides, no shots were exchanged.OKA, Que. - It was a crisis that grabbed international headlines, with armed Mohawks and Canadian soldiers involved in a lengthy standoff that often appeared on the verge of exploding into full.
Jun 11, · Analysis of Oka Crisis Young warriors at Tyendinaga, a Mohawk territory in southern Ontario, The Kanienkehaka resistance at Kanehsatake & Kahnawake had a profound impact on Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Oka: A year later. Oka Mayor Jean Ouellette, the man who sparked the crisis, remains defiant. 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 .
The Oka Crisis was a land dispute between a group of Mohawk people and the town of Oka, Quebec, Canada which began on July 11, and lasted until September 26, One person died as a result. Jun 11, · The Oka Crisis of involved the Mohawk territories of Kanehsatake/Oka & Kahnawake, both located near Montreal, Quebec.
The standoff began with an armed police assault on a blockade at Kanehsatake on July 11, , which saw one police officer shot dead in a .