- Published: Monday, 12 July 2010 07:46
- Written by By Kaisha Thompson, TMI Columnist
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Oka Crisis, the land dispute between the Mohawk community of Kanesatake and Oka residents. The standoff began July 11th, 1990 lasting until September 26th, 1990.
The dispute began when Oka, the nearby town wanted to expand their golf course (from 9 holes to 18 holes) and add residential development. The land in question was sacred to the Mohawks because it was a burial ground and pineland. The Mohawks had filed a land claim prior to the standoff but it was rejected.