Tag Archives: land claims

The Ipperwash Crisis: An Analysis

It is undeniable that the outcome of the Ipperwash crisis was none less than devastating. The death of Dudley George and the actions of the police towards the protestors as a group allows for the issue of criminalizing dissent to be brought to light, and hopefully eventually addressed at the institutional level. The Ipperwash crisis […]

The Gustafsen Lake Standoff

The Gustafsen Lake Standoff was the result of a variety of different First Nations interests coming to the forefront of Canadian society again, with Oka still fresh on the minds of many Canadians. Percy Rosette asked rancher Lyle James to preform a Sun Dance his land around Gustafsen Lake in 1994, part of the Lyle’s […]

Ipperwash: An Indigenous Resistance

As an important piece of Canadian and Indigenous history, the Ipperwash crisis was a fatal Indigenous land claims protest against the Canadian government in 1995 (Morden, 2013). The origins of the conflict at Ipperwash are deeply rooted in past socio-historical relations between the Canadian state and Indigenous people throughout the twentieth century (Morden, 2013, p. […]

The Ipperwash Crisis: An Overview

In 1942, the Stony Point First Nation’s reserve was expropriated by the federal government for the use of a military camp (Morden, 2013). In years to follow, the tension between the federal government and those who were forced to relocate grew and despite multiple promises to return the land, the government failed to do so. […]

Deflection of Land Claim Issues to Terrorism

The dispute over the land rights and the reclamation of subdivision of Douglass Creek Estates in Calendonia by the Haudenosaunee has been portrayed in the media as lawless and it has decentred the focus of the reclamation of the Caledonian construction site from a land rights issue to an issue of terrorism (Adese 2009). The […]

Grassy Narrows Road Blockade 2002: A Look at the Greater Picture of Indigenous Struggles

The Grassy Narrows struggle against Abitibi-Consolidated is not a static event that simply occurred as a result of unfavourable circumstances within a particular community. Although the Ojibwa are taking a stand against a distinct corporation which is attempting to extract a certain resource, their road blockade emerged out of a greater, ongoing battle for equality […]

The Oka Crisis

The Oka Crisis began on July 11, 1990 in Oka, Quebec and was a land dispute between the Mohawk nation and the non-aboriginal residents of the town and lasted until September 26, 1990. This dispute had resulted in the death of a police officer, and was widely publicized throughout Canada and United States. The conflict […]

Media Analysis of the Oka Crisis (Kanesatake), Quebec, 1990

The Oka Crisis – a 78-day standoff between Quebec police and the Mohawks of Kanesatake, lasting from July 11, 1990 to September 26, 1990 – was an event that garnered a tremendous amount of media attention that summer.  The dispute between the town of Oka and the Mohawks revolved around whether or not a golf […]

Six Nations of Grand River Reclamation, Caledonia, 2006

On February 28, 2006, a group of Haudenosaunee Six Nations from the Grand River Territory protested the Caledonia construction site based on the claim that the development of the land by Henco Industries infringes on Six Nations territory (CBC.ca 2006a). Henco Industries attempted to develop the subdivision of the Douglass Creek Estates on the disputed […]