On April 21st Weyerhaeuser will be holding their annual shareholder
meeting. Demonstrations in solidarity with the Haida are being
planned in Seattle, Vancouver, New York, Winnipeg, and here in
Toronto. Let's show that we stand with the Haida in defence of Native
rights, ancient forests, and sustainable local economies. Let's tell
investors and customers that Weyerhaeuser is an unethical and unsafe
For over two weeks now the Haida Nation has shut down Weyerhaeuser's
logging operations on Haida Gwaii (a.k.a. Queen Charlotte Islands),
and seized $50 million of cedar logs. They, along with many
supporters from local communities, are demanding that Weyerhaeuser and
the BC government respect the Haida's right to determine their own
future and control the resources on their island.
They say that "Weyerhaeuser has shown no respect for the land, the
culture, or the people who have worked for them. Weyerhaeuser has also
shown no respect for its own word. In commitments made to the CHN, the
communities and the people who work for them, five of the six
commitments have been violated. Now the company is poised to sell its
interests and in its final hours is attempting to strip all that it
can from this land.
The opportunity to design a future that maintains the land and culture
while providing for a sustainable economy is in our hands. The next
generation will not have the same chance if the forest industry is
allowed to strip our lands in the next few years.
When law, diplomacy and negotiation fail, it is time to stand and
accept our responsibilities? The signs on the road say it all --
Enough is Enough!"
The Haida have initiated a bold and historic action that will have
serious impacts on how the government and corporations deal with First
Nations across the country. They are also articulating a clear and
hopeful vision of a just and sustainable future.
The Haida have asked for our support. They want our help to spread
the news and impact of their stand. Let's do our part to help make
their actions successful!