14-Apr-98. This favourable decision against Daishowa, a Japanese multinational corporation, who were trying to get a court order to stop criticism of their lawsuit against the boycott of their paper products because it was harming its business, is a victory for the Friends of the Lubicon, supporters of Indigenous people and all people. The pressure can now continue to try to stop other multinational corporations from exploiting unceded territory of other Indigenous nations. It shows that the Lubicon Cree Nation should have been given a satisfactory settlement before logging started on their land.
This is seen as a setback for multinationals who are hungry for Indigenous lands and resources. In particular, Daishowa, was named by the Multinational Monitor as one of the "Ten Worst Corporations of 1996", calling the company "rotten to the core" for its attempts to silence Canadians criticial of their activities.
There obviously was no legal basis for the gag order that was put on the Friends of the Lubicon. We continue to stand by the Friends of the Lubicon and thank them for their efforts on behalf of all natives and for all people. They won for everybody people who can now keep resisting the overwhelming forces of the multinationals. The courts were very practical in their approach. For once the justice system seem to work.