GWAII SGAANAWAAY SIIGAA IIJAA: HAIDA GWAII No. 8
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Subject: HAIDA GWAII No. 8
ISLANDS BULLETIN NO. 8
March 31, 2005
ISLANDS SPIRIT RISING
GWAII SGAANAWAAY SIIGAA IIJAA
To all Islands people,
The Provincial government changed it own laws to get out of having to
consult with the First Nations of British Columbia regarding
WHAT DO WE WANT?
We want a forest industry committed to Islands stability, our communities
and sustainable logging practices. We know big corporations concern
themselves only with profits and not about the Islands communities. People
who do not live here make decisions and it is we who live with the
consequence. This impacts each and every one of us. Our reality is that our
resources are taken at an unsustainable rate and shipped off the Islands.
People who live on Haida Gwaii live here because of the strong sense of
community, the connection to the land and sea and because it is a great
place to raise children. This is shown by the amount of food and
refreshments we are receiving on a daily basis. Feel free and welcome to
visit the checkpoints. Visit the Line and then chat with your family and
friends to inform them on what is going on. You can also join a phone tree
to get the information out.
We are so grateful for the support given. All of this would not be possible
without your dedication. As well, the off-Island support has been
overwhelming and we would like to thank everyone who is organizing
fundraising events and sending in donations. There are emails, faxes and
phone calls coming in daily from around North America and we will be posting
these in binders at the check points for everyone to enjoy.
WHAT'S HAPPENING OUT THERE
Today, two unions representing over 10,000 Weyerhaeuser workers are
protesting Weyerhaeuser's treatment of their employees across North America.
According to the Steelworkers-IWA Chair, they are fighting "for fairness and
dignity for working people, our families and our communities."
Yesterday a United Nations Report came out stating that humans are damaging
the planet at an unprecedented rate and "the ability of the planet's
ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for
granted." This ties to concerns about the rate of logging here and the need
for communities to start to take responsibility for their own future.
The issue of the wood seized has been hitting the national news. Guujaaw has
stated that the money from sale of the wood will be used to support local
health, education, youth and cultural programs and facilities.
ON THE LINES
For safety and security reasons every vehicle going through the check point
will have its license plate number recorded, the drivers name and number of
people in the vehicle. We would appreciate everyone's patience during this
process and please give yourself a few extra minutes to get where you are
VOLUNTEER SIGN UP INFORMATION
Call May Russ to sign on: 1-250-626-5252 or toll free 1-888-638-7778 or home
626-5037. Call Nika's Danny at 559-8133 and leave a message if the machine
comes on. Invest in your future, it's easy. Contact Melinda Pick 559-8834 or
melinda_pick@... or cblake@.... Information is also
available at www.haidanation.ca