Quebec's two solitudes
Quebec's hopes to chart a smooth course to sovereignty may not
run aground on confrontations between Quebec City and the federal
government, as has generally been assumed. Rather, they may founder
on claims to Quebec's territory by its original inhabitants -- claims
that could involve as much as 80 per cent of its land mass. As the
Mohawk Warriors' cases related to events in Kanesatake (Oka) and
Kaneswake begin their tortuous route throu;gh the courts, it is
obvious that Indian-white relations will never be the same. This
is particularly evident in Quebec, where some of the more disturbing
features of Quebec nationalism surfaced when the Oka affair was
prolonged. As more and more anti-Indian incidents accumulated, it
became apparent to Indians that they have real reason to fear a
strident nationalist movement in Quebec.
Published in Connexions Digest #53 - January 1991.