Staying aware of the Oka Crisis


July 11 - September 26, 1990 - The occupation of Kanehsatà:ke and Kahnawà:ke (Oka Crisis)

The Oka Crisis in summer 1990 occurs at Kanehsatà:ke, a Mohawk community in Québec. The dispute begins over land claims. The neighbouring Kahnawà:ke community blocks the Mercier bridge, stopping more provincial police and army from reaching Kanehsatà:ke. The Social Science Federation of Canada (SSFC) stays in touch with NDP leader Audrey McLaughlin, who expresses deep concern that since the end of the occupation the Mulroney government has gone silent on promises and claims made during the crisis.