My name is Clifton Arihwakehte Nicholas, I am a Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) from Kanehsatake (Oka). I was a young man involved in the 1990 Oka Crisis from it’s start and throughout that summer. The Crisis was a critical point both in my life and in the community of Kanehsatake. It’s impact is still being felt in Kanehsatake and moreover throughout Indigenous communities and movements in Canada from coast to coast. An examination and retrospection of those events needs to be told by those intimately involved in that historic summer. Furthermore a wider perspective as to the impact the crisis had on Indigenous people, movements and the government responses to them in light of the events of 1990 from Idle No More to Elsipogtog.
I’m an emerging documentary filmmaker with two short films, one on the Mik’maq resistance to fracking exploration in Elsipogtog called “Elsipogtog: No Fracking Way!” (23 minutes), and another on the resistance to Canada’s Energy East pipeline project called “Karistatsi Onienre: The Iron Snake” (47 minutes). Links to these film trailers bellow.
Karistatsi Onienre:The Iron Snake Trailer
Elsipogtog: No Fracking Way! Trailer