Lubicon Lake Indian Nation
Little Buffalo Lake, AB
3536 - 106 Street
Edmonton, AB T6J 1A4
January 24, 1992
Attached for your information is a copy of a letter and related press release pertaining to the resignation of an employee of Pizza Pizza over continuing use of Daishowa paper products. That Daishowa Vice-President Tom Hamaoka is writing letters to ex-employees of Pizza Pizza says something about the effect of the Lubicon boycott.
The ex-employee of Pizza Pizza resigned in protest over Pizza Pizza's refusal to join the Lubicon boycott of Daishowa paper products, charging that Daishowa is providing Pizza Pizza with paper products at cut-rate prices in an effort to defeat the Lubicon boycott. The Edmonton Lubicon office has received similar reports of Daishowa offering cut-rate prices to customers in Calgary. There have of course been charges for years of Japanese companies using similar "dumping" tactics to accomplish various corporate objectives.
In his letter Mr. Hamaoka repeats the false charge that "the Lubicons are allowing other firms to continue with their...(logging and oil exploitation) operations...(while)...only Daishowa and its customers are being targeted and portrayed as villains". That's not true and Mr. Hamaoka knows it. There are no other logging companies operating in the Lubicon area of concern. And the fierce Lubicon struggle to keep equally "villainous" oil companies out of unceded Lubicon territory is well known, including years of legal action, a formal complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee and a high profile Olympic boycott. Moreover oil companies operating in the unceded Lubicon territory are currently on notice as being subject at any time to exactly the same on-the-ground proscriptions faced by Daishowa.
Mr. Hamaoka claims that decisions by Daishowa "to previously modify its plans, consult with the Lubicons and now cease its logging activities appear to have played a major role in establishing the proper climate for a possible resumption of negotiations in early 1992 between the Federal and Provincial Governments and the Lubicons". That's only partially true. While Daishowa's decisions "to previously modify its plans...and now (temporarily) cease its logging activities" in the unceded Lubicon territory have undoubtedly increased the pressure on both levels of Canadian Government to do something about the continuing Lubicon tragedy, "consultations" with the Lubicons had bloody little to do with it. Clear-cut logging by Daishowa-related companies in the unceded Lubicon territory last fall stopped only after a logging camp was torched. And Daishowa's decision not to proceed with planned clear-cut logging in the unceded Lubicon territory starting again this fall was clearly made only in direct response to the growing international stop Daishowa campaign of which the Pizza Pizza boycott is a part.
Lastly Mr. Hamaoka attaches an earlier assessed Daishowa press statement and a recently released statement by the Peace River Town Council which Mr. Hamaoka claims "properly contradicts the (supposedly) false allegations promoted by (Toronto) Friends of the Lubicon". The Peace River Town Council statement predictably expresses the Council's support for the town's biggest employer but hardly "contradicts the (supposedly) false allegations promoted by (Toronto) Friends of the Lubicon". In fact other than generally offering the obviously self-serving, subjective and not terribly surprising view that the Peace River Town Council considers its biggest employer to be a good corporate citizen, the Council statement doesn't deal with substantive matters at all.
Attachment #1: January 14, 1992, letter from Daishowa Vice-President Tom Hamaoka to ex-Pizza Pizza employee Romolo John Salvati
Dear Mr. Salvati:
This is in reply to your recent letter advising us of your decision to resign from Pizza Pizza, which you have suggested in to demonstrate your support for the Lubicon Lake Band in northern Alberta.
We suspect that you are an unfortunate victim of the propaganda campaign launched by the "Friends of the Lubicon" and that you have not been provided with an accurate or fair representation of Daishowa Canada's position and ongoing sensitivity to this complex situation.
You may be surprised to learn that Daishowa Canada (and its subsidiaries) is in fact not logging in the area of concern to the Lubicons, although the Lubicons are allowing other firms to continue with their logging operations, oil and gas operations, and exploration activities within the "traditional area". Yet only Daishowa and its customers are being targeted and portrayed as villains.
In fact, Daishowa Canada's decisions to previously modify its plans, consult with the Lubicons, and now cease its logging activities appear to have played a major role in establishing the proper climate for a possible resumption of negotiations in early 1992 between the Federal and Provincial Governments and the Lubicons.
Attached is our news release dated November 22, 1991, outlining Daishowa Canada's position. Also, for your information, attached is a recent statement by the Town of Peace River providing their position on this ongoing dispute. You will find that this Information properly contradicts the false allegations promoted by "Friends of the Lubicon". The group has elected to target selected third parties to the dispute, to try and obtain public sympathy and support. In our opinion, this detracts from the real issues and is not helpful to the negotiations between the Federal and Provincial Governments and the Lubicons.
The management at Pizza Pizza looked into this matter very carefully before deciding to remain a customer of Daishowa paper products. It is unfortunate that you did not also check into the facts concerning Daishowa's involvement in this dispute before reaching your decision.
We hope you will join us in urging the two levels of government and the Lubicons to resolve their dispute as expeditiously as possible.
Yours truly, Tom Hamaoka, Daishowa Canada Co. Ltd., Vice President and General Manager
Attachment #2: PEACE RIVER RECORD GAZETTE, Thursday, December 19, 1991
PEACE RIVER ISSUES STATEMENT ON DISPUTE
The Town of Peace River Council approved unanimously the release of the following statement pertaining to the negotiations between the Government of Canada and the Lubicon Indian Band.
"The Town of Peace River Council is very concerned that Daishowa Canada is being unfairly brought into a dispute between the government of Canada and the Lubicon Indian Band. The boycott of Daishowa products by the Assembly of First Nations and the Lubicon Band is extremely unfair considering that Daishowa is not logging land claimed by the Lubicon Band, has indicated they have no intention of doing so, and is not party to negotiations for settlement.
Daishowa Canada has been an excellent corporate citizen in the Peace River country in the few years they have been present. They have been an excellent corporate citizen in British Columbia where they have been operating for over 15 years.
The Town of Peace River is pleased that Daishowa Peace River have entered into contracts with aboriginal groups in an effort to ensure the involvement of native and metis people in their operations.
No doubt the same opportunity has been extended to the Lubicon Band in the past in (sic) will no doubt be extended to the Lubicon Band after their claims are settled.
The settlement that should be signed with the Lubicon band must be fair, but it must be fair to all people; it must be fair to the many other native bands who have signed agreements; it must be fair to those who are paying the settlement (in land and money); it must be fair to the Lubicon Band.
The Town of Peace River urges the parties to the negotiations to resume talks immediately and come to a fair and just settlement.
In the meantime, it is manifestly unfair to involve Daishowa, or any other group who is not a party to the negotiations, in the lobbying for settlement. In the discussions we hear about native land claim settlements the word "fair" is often spoken. Remember "fair" should apply to both sides."
Attachment #3: January 28, 1992, Friends of the Lubicon (Toronto) Press Release
DAISHOWA VICE PRESIDENT CALLS BOYCOTT 'PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN'
CALLS EX-PIZZA PIZZA EMPLOYEE 'VICTIM'
Ex-Pizza Pizza employee Romolo John Salvati received the attached letter from Daishowa Vice President Tom Hamaoka late last week. Salvati resigned from Pizza Pizza over their refusal to stop using Daishowa paper bags despite an international boycott against that company. Daishowa is subject to the boycott because of their impending clear cut operations on unceded Lubicon Lake Cree Nation land in northern Alberta.
Hamaoka's letter is typical in that it stretches the truth or simply makes it up where no facts are readily available to justify his position.
Although Daishowa did postpone its plans to clear cut unceded Lubicon territories after it became apparent they were facing an international boycott and intense opposition on the ground, their scheme has merely been delayed until next winter, in a transparent effort to wait out the controversy and then carry on regardless. While oil and gas operations on Lubicon territories have yet to be shut down by the Lubicon people, Daishowa has been targeted for boycott action for the simple and obvious fact that they are the only company currently planning to turn Lubicon territories into something resembling a lunar landscape. No other company at this time has such massive and clearly genocidal operations underway.
For this reason it tries the imagination to see Daishowa as the innocent 'third party' they claim to be. That defense didn't work for the Nazis at Nuremberg so we don't see why it should now.
For the record, there are currently no negotiations between the Lubicons and either level of government. Daishowa hasn't consulted with the Lubicons. And they haven't ceased logging activities, only delayed them.
Finally, Pizza Pizza's careful consideration of the matter only went so far as their pocketbook. Pizza Pizza made no attempt to contact either the Lubicon people or their supporters for information, and as Mr. Salvati's original letter (released last week) pointed out, were convinced to stay with Daishowa solely through a special deal offered on the bags they purchase.
Contact Kevin Thomas for Friends of the Lubicon (Toronto): (416) 972-6293