RESTLESS SUMMER, PART II: $51M and 17 years later, the Oka crisis still has not been settled. Are we on the verge of a repeat?
The war never ended in Kanesatake, the Mohawk community at the centre of the Oka crisis, and now the government has been put on notice history might repeat itself.
Ottawa’s lead negotiator on the Kanesatake file has received two letters this year from the Kanesatake Women’s Coalition warning the federal government to stop negotiating with the band council. The letters say they could throw up a highway blockade or worse to force the issue.
Kanesatake Grand Chief Stephen Bonspille says the government would be wise not to take the letters, dated April 2 and March 12, lightly. He says the band council has kept the community in the dark over land claim negotiations.