M990.761.201 | Mohawks at the Jacques Cartier Bridge

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Drawing, cartoon
Mohawks at the Jacques Cartier Bridge
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1990, 20th century
Ink and felt pen on paper
24 x 24 cm
Gift of Ms. Iona Monahan
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Crisis (453) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , Mohawk (10) , Native (22) , Oka (7) , Oka crisis (9) , People (413) , Political crisis (144)
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The feeling that the authorities were powerless to dismantle the road blocks put up by the Mohawks fuelled a sense of exasperation. The cartoonist wonders, with tongue firmly in cheek, whether the Mohawks might be daring enough to block Jacques Cartier bridge, which lies far from their reserve.

  • What

    The Kahnesatà:ke Mohawks reacted to a decision to expand a golf course onto what they regarded as their ancestral burial grounds by putting up a road block. The situation degenerated into a wider conflict, the Oka crisis, that eventually involved the Sûreté du Québec (the Québec provincial police) and the Canadian army.

  • Where

    Jacques Cartier Bridge links Montreal with the city of Longueuil on the south shore of the St. Lawrence.

  • When

    This cartoon was published on September 4, 1990, three days after Mercier Bridge was reopened to traffic. The bridge had been blocked by the Kahnawà:ke Mohawks since July 11.

  • Who

    The Warriors are Mohawks who press their traditional claims through a variety of tactics, sometimes going as far as to use force.