Meech Failure Kicked Off ‘Indian Summer’

RED POWER MEDIA

Within days of Meech's failure, the 78-day standoff between Mohawk Warriors and Canadian soldiers took hold in Oka, Que. Within days of Meech’s failure, the 78-day standoff between Mohawk Warriors and Canadian soldiers took hold in Oka, Que.

Winnipeg Free Press

If Idle No More had a scrappy older brother, 1990’s ‘Indian Summer’ would be it. 

That historic summer started the moment Manitoba’s iconic MLA Elijah Harper clutched his eagle feather and helped kill the Meech Lake Accord in the province’s legislature.

By the time the leaves changed, Canada had been gripped by a 78-day stand off near Oka, Que., by the Mohawk community of Kanesatake and nationwide protests born of years of frustration. Scholars now contend that summer, especially the Oka crisis, was a “flashpoint event” in Canadian history.

“It demonstrated that we could take a stand together and we could make a difference. We made history,” said former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine of Meech’s defeat. “This was about having a very…

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