Lubicon Lake Indian Nation
Little Buffalo Lake, AB
3536 - 106 Street
Edmonton, AB T6J 1A4
July 30, 1991
Enclosed for your information is a copy of an article on prosecution of the Lubicon 13.
re-printed with permission from ECOMEDIA TORONTO BULLETIN #99, May 7-20, 1991
Preliminary hearings for Lubicon Nation members have been delayed while Lubicon Lake Nation lawyers raise procedural pints regarding the conduct of an RCMP investigation into the destruction of logging equipment on Lubicon territory. The first of thirteen Lubicon Lake Nation members were to appear in court in Peace River, Alberta on Monday April 29, charged with Possession of Explosives, Arson, Disguise with Intent, and Mischief. They each face up to 50 years in prison.
The charges stem from the destruction of logging equipment operating in Lubicon Nation territory last (fall). Daishowa, a Japanese multi-national which is operating a pulp mill in the area, contracted the logging of sovereign Lubicon lands to Brewster Construction, a wholly-owned Daishowa subsidiary, and Buchanan Lumber. Last November 8, the Lubicon Lake Indian Nation gave notice that all developments in unceded Lubicon territory would have to obtain operating permits from the Nation and comply with Lubicon environmental and wildlife protection regulations. Companies which failed to do so would be subject to removal without further notice. To date, Buchanan, Brewster, and numerous oil companies have failed to comply.
The Friends of the Lubicon (Toronto) has condemned "the use of the Canadian judicial system as a weapon against the Lubicon lands and people", demanding that all the charges be dropped against Lubicon Nation members on the basis that Canadian courts and police have no current jurisdiction on unceded Lubicon territories and on the basis that Buchanan Lumber is operating illegally without Lubicon Nation permits within unceded Lubicon territory.