Critical Writing Index

Oka Crisis: worst moment revisited: Native filmmaker's documentary recalls 1990's fatal rock-throwing incident

by Matthew Hays

The Globe and Mail, June 21, 2000

The article highlights Native filmmaker AIanis Obomsawin's documentary Rocks at Whisky Trench. Her documentary recounts the crisis that occured on August 28, 1990, in which government, police and Aborginal relations led to a violent outcome that resulted in the death and injury of members from the adjacent Aboriginal communities. Obomsawin depends on interviews from the impacted Aborignal witnesses, and historical information regarding the construction of Montreal's Mercer Bridge. Her approach narrates the blockade and the protests from the Aboriginal communities.

ITEM 2000.141 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Rocks at Whisky TrenchIanis Obomsawin

Kanehsatake: 2Ianis Obomsawin