Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 19:30
NEW DATE! 
 
Circles on Indigenous Worldviews presents:

OKA: A CRISIS OR A RESISTANCE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE?  -

Why the Oka crisis? What do we learn from it? 

 

As a contribution to the learnings and understandings between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, Initiatives of Change Canada is hosting a series of virtual events entitled ‘Circles on Indigenous Worldviews’.  

We resume these sessions on Thursday, October 6th, 2022 with a presentation by Marie-Émilie Lacroix. Marie-Émilie comes from Mashteuiatch in Quebec and she lives on the south shore of Quebec City. She is also a mother and grandmother, midwife, teacher, speaker and author. She has a Masters in Social Work and works to bring communities together. In addition Marie-Émilie is now Indigenous Affairs Coordinator at the University of Quebec in Rimouski.

OKA: A CRISIS OR A RESISTANCE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE? -

Why the Oka crisis? What do we learn from it? 

The “Oka Crisis”, also known as the 'Kanehsatake Resistance' was a land dispute between a group of Kanienkeha'ka people and the town of Oka, Quebec which began on July 11, 1990, and lasted until September 26, 1990, with two fatalities. As a protest against the court decision to allow the golf course expansion to proceed, some members of the Kanienkeha'ka community erected a barricade blocking access to the area. A court injunction in late April ordering the dismantling of the barricade was ignored, as was a second order issued on June 29, 1990. Mayor Ouellette demanded compliance with the court order, but the land defenders refused. Quebec's Minister of Native Affairs John Ciaccia wrote a letter of support for the Kanienkeha'ka people, stating that "these people have seen their lands disappear without having been consulted or compensated, and that, in my opinion, is unfair and unjust, especially over a golf course."

After 32 years one would like to think the dispute had been resolved. However, unfortunately it continues today. Explore with us why!

This event will be in French with simultaneous translation into English.  It will be presented on Zoom and registration will be required.  Click here to register.

New Date: Thursday, October 6th at 7:30pm ET, 5:30pm MT, 4:30pm PT. The presentation will be 90 minutes including a chance to join the conversation.

 

For more information you might like to view Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance - Oka Crisis - Quebec.