Oka: A Political Crisis And Its Legacy by Harry Swain

By Harry Swain

On July eleven, 1990, rigidity among white and Mohawk humans at Oka, simply west of Montreal, took a violent flip. At factor was once the town's plan to show a section of disputed land in the neighborhood of Kanesatake right into a golfing path. Media pictures of rock-throwing white citizens and armed, masked Mohawk Warriors dealing with police throughout barricades stunned the area and galvanized Aboriginal humans around the continent. In August, Quebec most excellent Robert Bourassa referred to as for the Canadian military to step in.

Harry Swain used to be deputy minister of Indian Affairs through the seventy eight -day standoff, and his game of occasions is dramatic and opinionated. Swain writes frankly approximately his personal function and gives attention-grabbing profiles of the high-level gamers at the government's aspect. Swain bargains infrequent perception into the workings of presidency in a time of trouble, yet he additionally lines what he calls the 200-year tail of heritage and indicates how the Mohawk adventure displays the collision among ecu and Aboriginal cultures.

Twenty years on, well-being, social and financial symptoms for Aboriginals are nonetheless shameful. making a choice on present flashpoints for Aboriginal land rights around the kingdom, Swain argues that precise reconciliation aren't attainable until eventually executive commits to significant reform.

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Water in lakes described in the Atlas is generally rich in calcium and magnesium from weathering of carbonates. Carbonates are part of the natural buffering capacity in lake water, and consequently protect lakes from acidification by neutralizing acids. In some cases the water may have a strong flavour; in extreme cases such as some of the saline lakes in southeastern Alberta, the shore may even look crusty or salty. Salinity Because anions and cations carry electrical charges, water containing them can conduct electricity, and its ability to do so gives a measure of the total quantity of charged particles (ions) dissolved in it.

20). Studies during the 1980s on 20 lakes located from north of Peace River to south of Kinsella, Alberta, indicate that maximum ice thickness can vary from a minimum of 40 cm to almost 1 m, although the average maximum ice thickness is approximately 60 cm. In Alberta, the duration of ice cover is approximately five months, ranging from more than six months in the mountain lakes and in the northeastern part of the province, to no more than four months in saline lakes and many shallow lakes and reservoirs in southern Alberta.

Higher up in the mountains is the Subalpine Ecore- gion which supports lodgepole pine and Engelmann spruce as the dominant vegetation. Lakes in this ecoregion include the Kananaskis Lakes, Rock Lake and Spray Lakes Reservoir. The highest area is the Alpine Ecoregion where the climate is too harsh for tree growth and vegetation is limited to heaths and shrubby willows. Rocky peaks are barren of all vegetation and glaciers top many mountains. No alpine lakes are discussed in detail in the Atlas, but runoff and glacial meltwater from the Alpine Ecoregion provide inflow to several lakes and to most of the large onstream reservoirs such as Ghost and St.

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