Press Statement by Chief Bernard Ominayak Regarding Daishowa


Original-Subject: Press Release by Lubicon Chief Bernard Ominayak



PRESS STATEMENT BY CHIEF BERNARD OMINAYAK, LUBICON LAKE INDIAN NATION, September 11, 1991, 2:00 P.M.

-- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TOKYO, JAPAN



On September 6, 1991, the National Christian Council in Japan requested a meeting between Daishowa Paper Mfg. Co., Ltd., and representatives of the Lubicon Lake Indian Nation. That request was curtly denied by Daishowa's Tokyo office in a brief letter stating that clear-cut logging of unceded Lubicon territory by Daishowa's Canadian subsidiary is somehow not a matter concerning Daishowa Paper Mfg. Co. but only between the Lubicon people and the Government of Canada.



Consequently I have addressed the following letter to Mr. Kiminori Saito, President of Daishowa Paper Mfg. Co., Ltd:



Letter to President Kiminori Saito from Chief Bernard Ominayak:

I write to request a meeting to discuss the expressed intention of your Canadian subsidiary to conduct unauthorized clear-cut logging on Lubicon territory this fall contrary to an agreement made with the Lubicon people on March 7, 1988. Such unauthorized clear-cut logging by your Canadian subsidiary on our unceded traditional territory will result in a dangerous and potentially violent confrontation between your people and ours -- a situation which we would like to avoid and hope that you would like to avoid as well.



The purpose of the requested meeting would be to advise you of our unfortunate experience with your Canadian subsidiary so that you won't have to rely solely on the information of people whom we know from personal experience cannot be relied upon to tell the truth. Should you decline our request we will be forced to conclude that the people working for your Canadian subsidiary lie and break agreements on your instruction.



Hopefully, it will be possible for us to meet with you on

September 18, 1991, at 1 p.m. If a meeting at this time and place is not possible for you, we will seek to communicate our position on this matter to you in a variety of other ways open to us.



Sincerely,



Bernard Ominayak

Chief, Lubicon Lake Indian Nation



Response to this letter will determine whether Daishowa Paper Mfg. Co. wants to avoid a dangerous and potentially violent confrontation with the Lubicon people or is merely a modern version of the old imperial, colonial Japan which in the past brought such disgrace, dishonor and disaster upon the Japanese and Asian peoples.





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