Police raids are not new for residents of the small Mohawk community of Kanesatake in Quebec.
The municipality of Oka has received a warning from Kanesatake over plans to allow a Quebec mining company to explore a dormant niobium mine on claimed Mohawk territory.
A new batch of WikiLeaks cables includes some interesting details about the botched raid in 2004 of Kanesatake.
Quebec authorities requested help from the F.B.I. after “gun slingers” from Colorado arrived in Kanesatake, the Mohawk community at the centre of the Oka crisis, to back a “resistance” force that sprung after a federally-funded raid of the territory ended in disaster, according to diplomatic cables obtained by APTN National News.
U.S. officials were keeping an eye on Kanesatake, the Mohawk community at the centre of the Oka crisis, during the winter of 2004 after a failed attempt to raid the community with dozens of First Nations police officers from other parts of Quebec, a U.S. State Department cable released by Wikileaks shows.
A controversial mining proposal is bringing together two communities in Eastern Canada.