The 1998 Mi'kmaq Blockade Pointe-a-la-Croix, Quebec
By Chloe Kieback 11-15-17
The Mi'kmaq of Point-a-la-Croix were not allowed to cut down lumber and sell it from crown land. Fed up, they started protesting July 28th of 1998 on highway 132 running through their reserve to a GDS sawmill.
We want logging rights!
The Mi'kmaq protested for 11 days before blockading the road after being told by Quebec Native Affairs Minister Guy Chevrette to end the protest by noon that day.
Stop this protest before noon.
After another week and a half, sawmill workers and citizens of the Pointe-a-la-Croix area were getting quite frustrated with the Mi'kmaq. Over 300 people protested against the Mi'kmaq's blockade.
The tension in the small town of Pointe-à-la-Croix was very high, pressure was on the Quebec government to do something to eliviate the situation.
Finally, on August 17th 1998 the Quebec government made an agreement with the Mi'kmaq to add an additional 5,000 cubic metres to the 20,000 cubic metres of timber on Crowns land that they could have and the guarantee of 110 logging jobs.