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Oka Crisis veteran says feds have ‘lost control’ of country-wide solidarity protest in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

By Palak Mangat      

One Mohawk scholar who experienced the 1990 Oka Crisis firsthand says Ottawa's offer to meet with protesters shows 'they’ve lost control of the situation, to a certain extent.'

Mohawk scholar Taiaiake Alfred, pictured in June 2019 in Victoria, B.C., says that Ottawa should have stepped in sooner to address country-wide demonstrations in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, who oppose a $6-billion pipeline proposed by Coastal GasLink. Photograph courtesy Taiaiake Alfred

Ottawa’s offer to meet with some of those standing in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en nation in its opposition to a natural gas pipeline signals the government’s efforts to avoid a similar conflict to the Oka Crisis, says one Mohawk scholar who witnessed the summer 1990 dispute firsthand.

Palak Mangat

Palak Mangat is an online reporter with The Hill Times.
- pmangat@hilltimes.com


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