In this clip, we hear audio recording from a service in remembrance of the 1990 Oka Crisis. Will Nicholls, former CKUT host of the show Indian Times, spoke during the service. He recounts his experience as host and the dark humor he used in order to survive the repercussion of the Oka Crisis. He explains the reasons for the end of the show as due to the unexpected response by some CKUT listeners along with the harsh realities of racism he experienced personally and as a reporter.
Joseph Norton, the Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council at Kahnawake, reviews the conflict of jurisdiction and policing between the federal government and the Mohawks. He explains the formation and reason for establishing the Peace Keeping Force. He concludes with what be believes the government should do in order to not give but to actually acknowledge the Mohawks’ autonomy.
Interview conducted by then CKUT news programmer David Blair – currently David is CBC’s business reporter.
In July 1990 Mohawk Warriors and their supporters began an blockade to stop a group of developers from expanding a golf course onto a piece of land referred to as “The Pines”, a sacred burial ground in Kanehsatà:ke. The resistance expanded to Akwesasne and Kahnawake and then across the country, which lasted throughout the summer. The confrontation with Canada’s Armed Forces and Sûrté du Québec were at times violent. CKUT programmers were embedded behind the barricades and provided regular reports.
This piece is a montage of reports made from behind the barricades by Lisa Vinebaum