In a perfect world, this would be mandatory viewing in grade seven at schools all across Canada.
An incendiary and rare purview into the hostile acts of settlers, highlighted in an incident that took place in Oka in 1991 but which stands as a microcosm for a forever fractured relationship.
The room for sympathy for settlers is the size of a thimble unless you’re historically illiterate.
Obomsawin uses the documentary genre as extension of the Aboriginal oral tradition, lending her voiceover throughout the confrontation. There is no peace found amongst the warriors who protect the land.
Why do the settlers impose? They want an extra 9 holes for their golf course. It’s some perverse joke.
Despite the ugliness of the…