Châteauguay, July 17, 1990. Residents of Châteauguay Burn Effigies of Native People., 17 July 1990
gelatin silver print
50.8 x 40.5 cm; image: 45.9 x 30.4 cm
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (no. EX-91-87)
In the summer of 1990, non-Aboriginal photographers Benoît Aquin and Peter Sibbald travelled to Oka, Quebec, to directly experience the crisis that had erupted between the Mohawk people, residents of Oka, the army and other law enforcement officials. Their photographs do not purport to be authoritative and comprehensive; many appear to question the very role of photography and the media in such circumstances and the capacity of outsiders to understand the complexity of a centuries-old conflict. Yet the images stand as a document to the seriousness of the event and a record of Canadian military intervention on Canadian soil.