Opinion: 30 years after Oka, let’s not allow history to repeat itself


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Thirty years ago, on July 11, 1990, Quebec entered one of its worst human, social and political crises. The climate of violence that we witnessed from that July to the end of September 1990 had dramatic consequences, including the death of a serving Sûreté du Québec officer.

The Oka Crisis has, sadly, left an indelible mark in our minds. And it still serves as a point of reference, because nothing has really changed in 30 years.

The social and political divide between First Nations and part of the Quebec population is the result of decades of injustice and forced measures. It is obvious that subjecting an entire population to such actions can only result in wounds that remain raw today. Quebec is no exception in this regard; examples abound around the world.

The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador wishes to respectfully underscore the memory of the summer of 1990.

We also want to share with the premier and all Quebecers ways to prevent history from repeating itself.

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