Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993)

 |  Documentary  |  1993 (Canada)
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A film account about the military 1990 siege of a Native American reserve near Oka, Quebec, Canada and its causes.


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Credited cast:
Jack Burning ...
Chief Joseph (voice)
Herbie Barnes ...
Chief Augnita (voice)
Narration (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ethel Blondin ...
Ellen Gabriel ...
Elijah Harper ...
Ovide Mercredi ...
Frank Natawe ...
Bill Traverse ...


This film documents the 1990 crisis when Native Americans of the Mohawk Nation blocked access to reserve land which was being appropriated against their will by the White community of Oka, Quebec, Canada. What this film shows is the initial incident and the resulting siege from the Mohawks point of view as an illustration how this is simply a result of resistance to 270 years of European racism pushing them around and leading up to this confrontation. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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We have to think about the future generations...there's a long trail of broken promises.







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Very infuriating
26 March 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I loved it, there is finally something out there to tell about the injustice suffered by the native peoples. I hope that it helps to serve as a beacon to inspire others. To get the entire story and look at all the facts carefully. A previous comment questioned about the shots and so forth well if you look at the credits carefully it lists a LOT of camera operators. Originally this film had more then 6hrs worth of footage due to all the people with a camera working on this. Think of the editing that had to go into this in order to drop it down to the alloted time. The barricades were claimed as being impenetrable but they were necessary and they were strong. They needed to be in order to rival the equipment the military brought in that were a bit of an overkill on the governments part.

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