30 years after 1990 crisis, Mohawks take charge of how their stories are told

Thirty years ago, the so called “Oka Crisis“ ended with the army moving into the Mohawk community of Kanesatake.

The siege of the community, which started over plans to expand a golf course on sacred land, ignited an international media firestorm.

For years, people in the community would grapple with the sensationalism, or what some people say was the racism so prominent in the mainstream media coverage in 1990.

That issue still persists to this day.

APTN News is featuring the stories of four members of the Mohawk Nation who, in their own way, are working to change it.

Reporter / Montreal

Lindsay was born and raised on the unceded territory of Tiohtià:ke (Montréal), and joined APTN News as a Quebec correspondent in 2019. While in university, she collaborated on a multiplatform project about the revitalization of the Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) language to commemorate the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Before APTN Lindsay worked at the Eastern Door, CTV Montreal and the Montreal Gazette.