the best thing i ever saw on tv was that s.q. (securite quebec) cop catching a bullet with his teeth. condolence, madame canadiana, but your husband was a fucking (stuck) pig. but this song's not about some romantic account of history. it's not about martyrs or mythos or heroes or burnings-in-effigy. it's about a native kid flipping her lid just trying to keep some self-respect intact. it's about an oka the size of a fist in resistance and a will to fight back... and the girls at work, they still deny their racism. they claim tolerance for all. but it seems the degree of (only) racial slurs is their gauge (and it defines tolerance as hate). and there's 27 million "girls-at-work" here. imagine fighting that for 500 years. and golly-gee! how valient! how the white oppressor makes allowance for calculated gestures of insurgence (all tightly tethered to their purses/purpose). oka had this orchestra(tion) aborted. oka fucked their rules to choose a future self-determined and i, for one, support it... ...and the smartest thing i think i ever said: "if a kevin kostner kavalry is your means to their end, then the struggle is dead". why do we pretend that our approval is upon what they depend?

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    General CommentOk. This song is about the OKA crises, which happened in Canada. A golf course wanted to expand its property onto native reserve land. And they did. But a group of Indians living on the reserve took their hunting guns and made the workers stop jopping down trees. The police came in and the natives and the police faught. The police tries to gas them but the wind pushed it back in their faces. 1 cop died (hence the start of the song). Anyway more natives took places over all over quebec. Riots occured and alot of anti-native racism starting coming out. If you were a native in quebec you couldn't go to town because they'd push your car over and beat you up and shit. Anyway the army came in. The feud was settled, the canadian government bought the land and then gave it back to the natives. This song focuses on how its wrong to take someones sacred land just for some shitty golf course. And Oka was either the golf club name or the reserve name or something....i forget.
    EZ3on August 06, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwhat is oka?
    marcosturmon July 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwow.. thanks!
    marcosturmon August 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentOka was the town.
    nicemoaton September 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSo yes, this is about the armed standoff between Indigenous peoples and police / troops near a town in the Canadian province of Quebec called Oka, often refferred to as the "Oka Crisis."
    The "girls at work" segment of the lyrics, if I had to make an educated guess, is kind of talking about how in Canada, there is an ugly underbelly of racism but it tends to be less obvious than in other places like the US. Also I think it speaks to how Canadians have a reputation for being polite and nice but in reality that sometimes hides more negative attitudes towards minorities.
    The "imagine fighting that 550 years" I believe refers to how at the time this song came out, it had been roughly 500 years since Columbus first landed in the Americas, and started his genocide of the local Indigenous population, slaughtering hundreds of thousands of Arawaks and enslaving many more.
    BenjaminJAon December 05, 2018   Link

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