M990.761.201 | Mohawks at the Jacques Cartier Bridge
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)
Keys to History
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.
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.
Jacques Cartier Bridge links Montreal with the city of Longueuil on the south shore of the St. Lawrence.
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.
The Warriors are Mohawks who press their traditional claims through a variety of tactics, sometimes going as far as to use force.