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Title:
Stories of Oka : land, film, and literature / Isabelle St-Amand ; translated by S.E. Stewart.
ISBN:
9780887558191
Publication Information:
Winnipeg, Manitoba : University of Manitoba, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
x, 315 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
General Note:
Translation of: La crise d'Oka en récits.
Abstract:
"In the summer of 1990, the Oka Crisis--or the Kanehsatake Resistance--exposed a rupture in the relationships between settlers and Indigenous peoples in Canada. In the wake of the failure of the Meech Lake Accord, the conflict made visible a contemporary Indigenous presence that Canadian society had imagined was on the verge of disappearance. The 78-day standoff also reactivated a long history of Indigenous people's resistance to colonial policies aimed at assimilation and land appropriation. The land dispute at the core of this conflict raises obvious political and judicial issues, but it is also part of a wider context that incites us to fully consider the ways in which histories are performed, called upon, staged, told, imagined, and interpreted. "Stories of Oka: Land, Film, and Literature" examines the standoff in relation to film and literary narratives, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous. This new English edition of St-Amand's interdisciplinary, intercultural, and multi-perspective work offers a framework for thinking through the relationships that both unite and oppose settler societies and Indigenous peoples in Canada."-- Provided by publisher.
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In the summer of 1990, the Oka Crisis--or the Kanehsatake Resistance--exposed a rupture in the relationships between settlers and Indigenous peoples in Canada. In the wake of the failure of the Meech Lake Accord, the conflict made visible a contemporary Indigenous presence that Canadian society had imagined was on the verge of disappearance. The 78- day standoff also reactivated a long history of Indigenous people's resistance to colonial policies aimed at assimilation and land appropriation. The land dispute at the core of this conflict raises obvious political and judicial issues, but it is also part of a wider context that incites us to fully consider the ways in which histories are performed, called upon, staged, told, imagined, and interpreted. Stories of Oka: Land, Film, and Literature examines the standoff in relation to film and literary narratives, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous. This new English edition of St-Amand's interdisciplinary, intercultural, and multiperspective work offers a framework for thinking through the relationships that both unite and oppose settler societies and Indigenous peoples in Canada.


Author Notes

Isabelle St-Amand is an assistant professor in the Department of French Studies and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Queen's University. Her research as a settler scholar focuses on Indigenous literary criticism in Quebec and Canada.


Table of Contents

Katsitsén:hawe Linda David Cree
Forewordp. ix
Note on the Textp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 The Event and the Impossibility of Neutralityp. 12
Chapter 2 The Siege in Action: Settler Crisis and Indigenous Resistancep. 31
Chapter 3 The Disputed Land: Performing Sovereigntyp. 74
Chapter 4 From the Spectacular to the Documentary-Okanada: Behind the Lines at Okap. 104
Chapter 5 "A Record We Made Ourselves"-Kanehsataka: 270 Years of Resistancep. 135
Chapter 6 Settler Literary Narrativesp. 170
Chapter 7 Mohawk and Other Indigenous Literary Narrativesp. 203
Conclusionp. 245
Acknowledgementsp. 260
Notesp. 265
Glossaryp. 283
Bibliographyp. 285
Indexp. 304