Lubicon Lake Indian Nation
Little Buffalo Lake, AB
3536 - 106 Street
Edmonton, AB T6J 1A4
April 21, 1991
Reliable sources advise that senior officials of Daishowa are once again lobbying the Canadian Government to seek a negotiated settlement of Lubicon land rights. Similar efforts were made by Daishowa early in 1988 following massive public criticism of the original Alberta Government's decision to sell Lubicon trees to Daishowa and are generally credited with inspiring Alberta Provincial Premier Don Getty to make the first call to Lubicon Chief Bernard Ominayak.
Current efforts by Daishowa to get the Canadian Government to do the right thing are undoubtedly related both to Lubicon self- defence efforts on the ground and to continuing public demands that Daishowa honour its agreement with the Lubicon people to stay out of unceded Lubicon territory at least until there's a final settlement of Lubicon land rights. Efforts by Daishowa to deny and/or circumvent that agreement with the Lubicon people have clearly failed and Daishowa is under growing pressure to proceed in the Lubicon area starting next fall.
It's of course decidedly premature to commend Daishowa for its enlightened self-interest but it would be very helpful if concerned people could encourage Daishowa by again writing Daishowa and reiterating the demand that Daishowa honour its agreement with the Lubicon people to stay out of unceded Lubicon territory at least until there's a final settlement of Lubicon land rights. While Canadian Government officials have little apparent concern over public criticism of their actions they have demonstrated a certain sensitivity to the concerns of large international resource exploitation companies.
Letters should be addressed to:
(Please note this is a NEW ADDRESS for Daishowa Canada Co. Ltd.!)
Mr. Tom Hamaoka
Daishowa Canada Company, Ltd.
3500 Park Place
666 Burrard Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6C 2X8