Supporters of the Lubicon Cree of Northern Alberta took their fight to Quebec yesterday, as about 40 protesters occupied the offices of Daishowa Forest Products in the Montreal suburb of Saint-Laurent. The protest, organized by the Quebec Friends of the Lubicon, marked the first anniversary of a court injunction that Daishowa obtained to stop protesters from continuing a boycott of its paper products. The company wants to cut trees on 26,000 square kilometres which the Lubicon claim as their land. [Ed: Actually it's 10,000 sq km of land (not 26,000) to which the Lubicon retain unextinguished aboriginal rights] Lubicon elder Reinie Jobin delivered a letter asking Daishowa to agree not to cut or buy trees from the land until the claim is settled and to drop its legal proceedings against those who started the boycott.
(Photo) The Quebec Friends of the Lubicon Cree demonstrated outside the St. Laurent offices of the Daishowa pulp and paper company yesterday, protesting against an injunction in Ontario that prevents a boycott of the company. Protesters want the company to renounce its right to clear-cut logging on the Lubicons' ancestral lands in Alberta.