Oka a high point in sympathy for natives: Chief

Posted: May 24, 2007 in Caledonia, Headlines, Home Grown Terrorism in Canada, June 29th 2007, Land claims, Natives, Oka, Propaganda, Terrorism

The violent and fatal standoff between Mohawks and Canadian soldiers in Oka, Que., 17 years ago marked a high point in Canadian sympathy for aboriginal issues, says Phil Fontaine, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.The pointed reference to the summer-long crisis came Wednesday as chiefs from across Canada gathered to discuss a so-called Day of Action planned for June 29. Like Oka, the day could involve blockades.

A Quebec police officer died in the thick of the Oka crisis. (EDIT: Where’s your sympathy for him and his family Fontaine???)

“The highest level of support for our position was during that crisis, that’s the highest level of support that Canadians have ever expressed for our issues,” Fontaine said in response to a reporter’s question about the effectiveness of civil disobedience.

“Are we asking for a similar kind of situation so we can get Canadians to once again support us as they did back then? Not at all … but they don’t know well enough the situation we’re in.”

“I won’t condemn the people at Caledonia or those who have taken this recent action,” said Fontaine.

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