Lubicon Lake Indian Nation
Little Buffalo Lake, AB
3536 - 106 Street
Edmonton, AB T6J 1A4
August 1, 1991
During the week of July 15, 1991, over 100 representatives of organizations from across Europe met in Stadtroda, Germany to discuss the situation of selected aboriginal societies. The worsening plight of the Lubicon Lake people was considered by meeting participants to be a particularly serious case requiring priority attention.
On July 17th, after being up-dated by Lubicon Councillor Larry Ominayak and Lubicon Advisor Fred Lennarson, meeting participants unanimously passed the following resolution:
"WHEREAS the people of the Lubicon Lake Indian Nation have never ceded ownership of their traditional territory in any legally or historically recognized way;
"AND WHEREAS the Governments of Canada and Alberta claim jurisdiction over traditional Lubicon territory with no apparent legal or historical justification;
"AND WHEREAS the Governments of Canada and Alberta have sought to impose their questionable jurisdiction over unceded Lubicon territory by, among other things, selling Lubicon natural resources;
"AND WHEREAS over the past 15 years the Governments of Canada and Alberta have sold the right to exploit Lubicon oil resources to dozens of oil companies, whose massive exploitation activities have destroyed the traditional Lubicon hunting and trapping economy and threatened the very existence of the Lubicon Lake Indian Nation;
"AND WHEREAS the Governments of Canada and Alberta have now sold the trees from the unceded Lubicon territory to a Japanese forestry company named Daishowa;
"AND WHEREAS Daishowa plans to start clear-cutting huge parts of the unceded Lubicon territory as early as this fall, which, if those plans are acted upon, will almost certainly assure the complete destruction and extinction of the traditional Lubicon society;
"NOW THEREFORE we, the participants of the 7th European Meeting of North American Indian Support Groups, representing Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and various aboriginal nations and organizations, do hereby demand that Daishowa not take advantage of the jurisdictional dispute between the Governments of Canada and the Lubicon Indian Nation for it's own economic benefit and stay out of the traditional Lubicon territory until the jurisdictional dispute between both levels of Canadian Government and the Lubicon Lake Indian Nation is satisfactorily resolved."
Copies of the European resolution were sent to Daishowa Chairman Takashi Saito, Daishowa's Canadian Vice-President Tom Hamaoka, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Alberta Provincial Premier Don Getty and the Leaders and relevant Critics of both Federal and Provincial opposition political parties.
Additionally, in order to give force to the European resolution, meeting participants agreed to research and identify major Daishowa customers in their respective countries, to pressure major Daishowa customers in their respective countries to boycott Daishowa paper products unless Daishowa stays out of the traditional Lubicon area until the question of Lubicon land rights is settled, and to communicate and coordinate Daishowa boycott efforts with interested environmental groups across Europe and around the world. (With Daishowa representing a major threat to the forests of the world as well as to the Lubicons, meeting participants are confident of environmental group cooperation and support.)
Advised of the resolution and European boycott plans, Daishowa front-man James Morrison first expressed typically blissful unconcern. The following day, however, and undoubtedly after Mr. Morrison's smarter Japanese superiors had explained to him that major European newspapers might not like being publicly charged with complicity in the genocide of the Lubicon Indians, Mr. Morrison started expressing considerably greater concern. He claimed that Daishowa was an "innocent third party" in the jurisdictional dispute between the Lubicons and Canadian Government and charged that "the Europeans are just looking for publicity and sympathy".
Lots of words to describe Daishowa come to mind but "innocent" isn't one of the them.
And the goal is of course neither publicity nor sympathy. The goal is literally to stop Daishowa from clear-cutting in the unceded Lubicon territory until at least the question of Lubicon land rights is satisfactorily resolved and an agreement negotiated with the Lubicon people regarding Lubicon wildlife and environmental concerns.
As the European resolution says, the likely alternative is the final destruction and extinction of the traditional Lubicon society.