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The Oka Legacy

In the summer of 1990, all eyes were on the small town of Oka, Quebec. Triggered by plans to expand a golf course on ancestral land, it was a standoff between the Mohawk people of Kanehsatake, the police and eventually the army. The Oka Crisis, which lasted 78 days and drew worldwide attention, had a profound impact on Indigenous peoples in Canada. It set the tone for Indigenous resistance throughout the ‘90s, and inspired many people & communities to take action. The Oka Crisis Legacy is a POV documentary that explores how the Oka Crisis has influenced Indigenous identity in Canada. This film will show just how crucial the events of that summer were in the shaping of contemporary Canada, where every facet of society is now influenced by a strong Aboriginal presence.

Writer & Director 
Sonia Bonspille-Boileau



Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon,
Linda Ludwick & Lisa M. Roth


Executive Producers

Catherine Bainbridge,  Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick & Ernest Webb


Jake Kent


Howard Goldberg


Director of Photography
Patrick Kaplin


Original Music Composed by
Daniel Toussaint






45 min. documentary



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