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27 years after the Oka Crisis, Ellen Gabriel is once again defending the pines on the Mohawk Territory



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APTN National News

It’s been 27 years since Ellen Gabriel stood in a battle zone trying to explain to Canadians why the Mohawks of Kanesatake did not want the nearby Town of Oka to build a golf course in the pines, on sacred grounds in her territory.

Fast forward to 2017, Gabriel finds herself back in the same place, face to face with the same town, this time over a housing development. 

The project according to Gabriel is encroaching on the pines, here Gabriel confronts the Mayor of Oka, Pascal Quevillon.

 

 

On Thursday, Gabriel sat down with APTN National News to talk about the issue. 

 

 

Serge Simon is the Grand Chief of Kanesatake. 

Here said he’s hoping that both sides allow him to work this problem through the proper channels. 

 

 

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4 Responses to “27 years after the Oka Crisis, Ellen Gabriel is once again defending the pines on the Mohawk Territory”

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    Yvonne Taylor July 15, 2017 at 11:24 am #

    It will never end. Leave the sacred ground sacred!

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      Audrey Hill July 19, 2017 at 6:27 pm #

      Agreed! Woman are defending the Burtch Lands at Six Nations.
      It’s traditional, sacred land to us. Defend!!

  2. mohawkaahil@yahoo.ca'
    AAHill July 16, 2017 at 1:57 am #

    This is a continuation of the 1990 Oka Crisis and Ellen Gabriel is still a voice for our people. While this is taking place, land theft is also occurring on the Burtch Lands at Six Nations of the Grand River. Again we are asserting our rights to the land. This land has always been ours.

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    Wanda Maracle July 27, 2017 at 5:12 pm #

    I was at Oka and I was at Ipperwash, as a Mohawk woman it feels like our fight is continuous. First Nation women require constant support so that we can “fight the good fight”. Although I would rather not fight, it seems the Government of Canada wants to fight…and so we continue. I am with you in spirit if you need me I will come.