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Along the Drums to Kanesatake (of '90)

S-cuk Gogs
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After fighting for years to reclaim their native land, the Mohawks (1) of Kanesatake (Oka) erected a barricade to their land. While Quebec was looking into the idea of holding a new referendum on sovereignty, other nations, such as the Canadian First Nations, were attempting to gain their own recognition as an independent people within Canada. While Natives had been making claims for centuries, the ones put forth at Oka took a turn that left its mark on Canadian history...
When confronted with a plan to expand a golf course on their land, the Mohawks on the Kanesatake reserve decided to erect a barricade to Oka. Indeed, the land which the mayor of Okaand other citizens of the city were eyeing for the new golf course was being claimed as long-held ancestral land by the Mohawks. Three months later, on July 11, 1990 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oka_Crisis, the police intervened and attacked the barricade being guarded by the Natives. Shots were fired and Marcel Lemay, an agent with the Sûreté du Québec (provincial police force), was killed.
The conflict took on an entirely new perspective from that moment on. The Mohawk claims were no longer strictly territorial in nature, but rather a demand for recognition of Native independence. The Warriors (2) then joined the Mohawks at the barricades. The government refused to negotiate while the Mohawk barricades were up and sent in the provincial police (Sûreté du Québec) to erect its own barricades on the roads leading to the municipality of Okaand the Kanesatake reserve. As neither group was willing to dismantle their barricades, Robert Bourassa called in the Canadian Armed Forces. Despite the armed presence, negotiations were slow, and it took several weeks before the Mercier Bridge and highways 132, 138 and 207 were able to re-open to regular traffic. Twenty days later, on September 26, 1990, the last barricades were taken down and the Warriors gave up the fight...
On July of the year 1990, in a Mohawk community
When a forgin' government wants native land
In the name of their own greed...

They called the event... Oka Crisis!!!
They called the event... Oka Crisis!!!
A group of Mohawk Warriors
Were making their stand
Letting forging know
That this is native land
Making it up for 270 years, never forgetting what happen in the past
Making it up for 270 years, never forgetting the lies after lies
Resistance for 270 years, never forgetting what happen in the past
Resistance for 270 years, never forgetting the lies after lies..

Along the drums to the Pines – you hear their voice rise
Along the drums to the Pines – you can hear the people rise
Along the drums to the Pines – you hear their voice rise
Along the drums to the Pines – you can see the Warriors rise

Peace talk were at work,
but the whites were played their old ways
The cops came and the army went in..
Like their for-fathers did the yesterday.

They called the event... Oka Crisis!!!
They called the event... Oka Crisis!!!

The group of Mohawk Warriors
Made their stand
Letting forgin' know,
this will always be native land

Making it up for 270 years, never forgetting what happen in the past
Making it up for 270 years, never forgetting the lies after lies
Resistance for 270 years, never forgetting what happen in the past
Resistance for 270 years, never forgetting the lies after lies

Along the drums to the Pines – you hear their voice rise
Along the drums to the Pines – you can hear the people rise
Along the drums to the Pines – you hear their voice rise
Along the drums to the Pines – you can see the Warriors rise..

Resistance of struggle and hope,
Resistance of struggle and hope,
Resistance of struggle and hope..

Contributed by giorgio - 2010/8/13 - 12:42


Notes

(1) Mohawk: Natives of the Iroquois family, the Mohawks are members of the Iroquois Confederation, which is comprised of six First Nations throughout the United States. Mohawk communities are located in Ontario, Quebec and in New York State near the Canadian border. Quebec Mohawks live in Kanesatake (Oka), Kahnawake (Caughnawaga) and Akwesasne (Saint-Régis).

(2) Warriors: Radical groups of Natives who often engage in illegal economic activities (such as black-market cigarette and alcohol sales), and who are active participants in the defence of Native Indian rights.

giorgio - 2010/8/13 - 12:44



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