Oka in Perspective
Though this was an assignment for class, I would like to share this with you. Especially, because from the opinion in our class I think that many of the students didn’t seem to realize that had the Mohawks not taken up arms the government WOULD NOT have discussed this issue. I hope that you can understand my point of few. This has been written in the perspective of a Native of Canada.
The disruptive crisis in Oka seems cannot to be easily blamed on the unlawful actions of the Mohawks. I believe, to some extent, that the actions of the Mohawks and other Natives can be justified and was correct in the situation.
If I had been there I would have been furious, ‘How dare they destroy our sacred land for a golf course?’ Do people destroy public churches because they can? Would you take it easily if they dug up your parents’, aunts’, uncles’ and grandparents’ graves? Is it fair to grab what little we have left? You came onto our land, took everything we had, pushed us to the cold lands of the North and now you want to destroy our tiny forestland.
Of what significance was this golf course? This new land was a member’s only section and, therefore, would not help tourism. So, I would like to point out that the men of Quebec are being greedy beyond all reason. We are protecting our land in a means that would capture your attention and also hinder and stop the destruction of our lands. I am fully aware that it was disrespectful of the Mohawk to take up arms. However, would the French have listened if we hadn’t?
The French men will argue that this land was up for grabs and had never legally belonged to the Natives. However, I would like to point out that the land is to share. What will you gain by destroying our forest, but 9 holes in the ground with a flag next to each? Has this world truly come to the point where every man is his neighbours’ enemy? Why would you strip us of everything we have left for ourselves.
Once, my ancestors saw the whiteman step on this land, he lowered his flag and claimed it his own. The natives stood by him through the times of struggles and diseases, expecting nothing in return. We taught you how to cross the land, how to survive harsh winters and how to live at the mercy of the endless prairies. Yet, look what you have done, you have banished us the coldest, darkest most secluded parts of the country? What did we do to deserve this?
Therefore, I would have supported the claim and actions of the Mohawks. I have always believed that the people of Canada have done damage to the Natives of the land, however they seem reluctant to find a solution. To them the First Nations seem to be nobodies. The whiteman never really cared and sometimes it takes a bit more than a friendly talk and a pat on the shoulder to make a firm statement.
After the crisis was over and the barricades removed, the government refused to further review the Mohawks wishes or meet their requests. So what would have happened had the Mohawks remained peaceful?
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