Lubicon Lake Indian Nation
Little Buffalo Lake, AB
3536 - 106 Street
Edmonton, AB T6J 1A4
August 12, 1991
Enclosed for your information is a copy of an editorial on the Lubicon situation which appeared in the August 02, 1991, edition of an aboriginal newspaper called "Windspeaker".
re-printed without permission from the "Windspeaker", August 02, 1991
LUBICON NATION BATTERED AND WEARY
The latest release from the Lubicon Lake Nation is a mixed read.
Through most of the 21 pages, the usual wit, sarcasm, strength and defiance of the Lubicons shines through.
It reminds us the real issue faced by the northern Alberta nation is the governments' unwillingness to settle the long-standing land claim.
Meanwhile, as Ottawa drags its heels on this protracted dispute, which spans five decades, it and the province of Alberta continue to work with powerful international interests to see the resources of the Lubicons continue to be harvested, filling the pockets of both governments and the bank accounts of national and international corporations.
To hell with the Lubicons, they say. Who cares if many members of this nation have been forced on to welfare?
The spirits of some treaty Indians around the Lubicons like the Woodland Crees and some of those of Loon Lake have grown weary. That's understandable given the skill, might, power and money of the governments and businesses waging war on this land and its people.
But lest we focus on weary spirits let's not forget who invaded whose territory. Let's not forget the Lubicons' traditional and moral claim to this land regardless of the laws the white men have written since their invasion to justify theft.
Let's remember the money to pay multimillion dollar settlements like that now being enjoyed by Woodland Cree members flows from the resources of the unceded Lubicon land. The government is merely robbing Peter to pay Paul.
What's most significant in the Lubicons' latest document is this nation too is weary, that governments and multinational corporations might yet prevail in their war against "this courageous little society".
The document predicts Daishowa, a Japanese multinational, will launch a major logging offensive on unceded Lubicon land this fall.
"If Daishowa cannot be decisively stopped, the result may well be a fatal blow to the collective psyche of the already badly battered and profoundly damaged Lubicon society," it says.
"It is not at all clear the Lubicon people are up to once again leading the charge."
The Lubicons already face criminal charges in connection with a "lightning surprise raid on a logging camp operating in unceded Lubicon territory without Lubicon authorization" and now more than ever they need their supporters to stand behind them.