I was living in Regina when the “Oka crisis” began in the summer of 1990. At the time, I was one of many people in Regina, aboriginal and non-aboriginal, who had been involved in a wide range of social justice and anti-war movements going back to the early 1980s. We organized big anti-war demos every year, and helped to build a broad-based social justice coalition against the destructive policies of Grant Devine’s Conservative government. The moment the news broke about the Surete police raid against the Mohawk land defenders, everyone was deeply upset that the Quebec and Canadian governments would try to steal yet another part of unceded indigenous land, just to build a golf course! A solidarity rally was called within a day, bringing together a great turnout of people opposed to this state violence. Before long, a “peace camp” was set up in Victoria Park, right in the heart of downtown Regina, maintained for over two months by indigenous activists and allies, including a number of young people, for example some from the local Chilean community, people who understood very well the role of the military in crushing popular resistance movements. The camp was the focus of regular activities, from demonstrations to popular education and discussions. It became an important gathering place for all those concerned over the disastrous direction our country was going, a location for us to meet friends and share the latest news from Oka. Eventually the peace camp was removed, but that summer’s events helped millions of people gain a deeper understanding of Canada’s genocidal colonial record. I believe that this experience was one of the key moments in the historical trajectory which led to Idle No More.