Interview with Ellen Gabriel
Ellen Gabriel is a long-time Indigenous human rights activist from the Mohawk territory of Kanehsatake, near Montreal. She became widely known and respected as one of the spokespeople for the Mohawks during the now-infamous Oka Crisis of 1990, when thousands of Canadian military troops were sent into Kanehsatake in order to attempt to expand a golf course. They failed.
This past summer, Gabriel helped to organize a demonstration in Oka park, on Kanehsatake Mohawk traditional territory, against Enbridge’s Line 9b reversal project, which seeks to bring Tar Sands bitumen through Kanehsatake and Montreal.
In this interview, she speaks about some of the potential impacts of the pipeline, and also situates the resistance against pipelines within the historical context of the Oka Crisis, and much further back.