Join the Boreal Forest Network, the Boreal Action Project and the Winnipeg Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement in calling for a complete boycott of all Weyerhaeuser forest products until the company ceases all logging and sourcing in the contested traditional territories of Grassy Narrows First Nation, or as long as there is community opposition to those operations.

Sign the petition at:

http://borealaction.org/boycott-weyerhaueser-petition


The following notice has been served to Weyerhaeuser Canada/U.S. and the Province of Ontario:

 

Stop Logging in the Traditional Territory of Grassy Narrows First Nation


Take notice that until such time as you cease all logging and sourcing in these contested territories, or as long as there is community opposition to your operation in Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinaabek traditional territory (Grassy Narrows First Nation) we will be calling for a complete boycott of all Weyerhaeuser products.

According to the Whiskey Jack Forest Management Plan, 324,000 cubic meters of poplar and birch is allocated from the Whiskey Jack Forest Management Unit each year to supply the Weyerhaeuser Timberstrand/Trus Joist Kenora mill. This is 42 percent of the total allocated timber harvest from the Whiskey Jack and a full 50 percent of the wood supply for the mill.

Your withdrawal from this territory will be a significant step in preserving what remains of the intact forest which is crucial to the Anishinaabe way of life, estimated to be only 30 percent of what it was before mismanagement by logging companies.

 

As you know, The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently released a lengthy decision in Keewatin v. Minister of Natural Resources (Keewatin), which held that the Province of Ontario lacked authority to “take up” lands for forestry, or other activities that may significantly infringe upon First Nations’ hunting and fishing rights, with respect to certain lands under Treaty 3 (the Keewatin Lands). This supports the position of Grassy community members who have been engaged in the longest standing blockade in Canada, at Slant Lake near their reserve, since 2002, when they stood in front of logging trucks to protect their traditional lands from further logging.

 

Grassy Narrows is trying to rebuild an economy and way of life that have been devastated by decades of severe environmental contamination and destruction. The people of Grassy Narrows have already made it clear that multinational logging companies like Weyerhaeuser are incompatible with their vision for the preservation and use of their territory.

A recent unfavourable independent audit contains a staggering 21 recommendations to address material “non-conformances to a law and/or policy” and “a significant lack of effectiveness in forest management activities.” The report concludes that, “forest sustainability...will not be achieved unless corrective measures are immediately taken.” This independent audit of logging in the, 964,000 hectare, Whiskey Jack Forest, from 2004-2009, clearly indicates that the forest has been mismanaged and is in decline.

 

We call on you to join forest products companies; Boise, Abitibowater, Domtar and Ainsworth, who have already agreed not to source conflict wood from Grassy Narrows territory.

 

We maintain that it is not only unsupportable, but unethical for Weyerhaeuser to resume sourcing from the Whiskey Jack, for the Kenora, Ontario, mill, that makes Weyerhaeuser iLevel Trus Joist Timberstrand Laminated Strand Lumber (LSL), or any other forest products.

Use of Public Land against the Public’s Wishes

The provincial government will be deciding this month whether to go ahead with the previous government’s plan for public forest use and conservation.  The plan that was on the table would decrease the amount of forest that is managed specifically to conserve deer wintering habitat, old forests and stream bank buffer zones.

Based upon what we have learned from DNR, this could mean a reduction of as much as 25% (one quarter) of some of these habitats.  At the same time, the amount of plantations on public land would be more than doubled to 28% of Crown forest.

The Hon. Bruce Northrup, Minister of Natural Resources, announced he will re-examine the previous plan, and will announce a new forest plan In February.


New Brunswickers have Rejected this Before

The majority of the public told the Select Committee on Wood Supply in 2004 that they do not want fish and wildlife habitat to be sacrificed to increase wood supply.  The Select Committee rejected industry’s request to put a cap on conservation zones, and instead recommended that the amount of clear-cutting be reduced.

A 2007 survey of the New Brunswick public showed that the overwhelming majority of people surveyed place highest priority on the forest’s protection of fresh water, air and wildlife habitat (Public views on forest management in New Brunswick: Report from a provincial survey).

Both the Select Committee hearings and the survey of New Brunswickers showed that our citizens expect government to stand up for what the people want, and to work with the natural forest we have.

The public also expressed they want more say in how forests are managed.  Government has still not implemented any real public consultation strategy to involve the public in the public’s forest.


Will The Government Listen This Time?  We Think Yes.

We believe there is a real opening for New Brunswickers to speak up on behalf of our forests once again.  This is a new government, and the Minister said he wants to hear more from conservationists and First Nations.

  • -Please write a letter that tells government what is important to you about our forest, and what you expect government to do.
  • -Send your letter to: Bruce Northrup, Minister of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1, and a copy to your MLA.   We can provide a list of MLAs if you are not sure.
  • -Make a short version of your letter and send it as a letter to the editor to your local newspaper, or one of the daily newspapers.


More detailed information can be found on the following web sites: www.acadianforest.ca; www.cpawsnb.org.

Prepared by Crown Lands Network Steering Committee (CCNB Action, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-NB Chapter, Meduxnekeag River Society, Nature NB, Public for the Protection of the Forests of NB)

An important call of support for the Assembly of First Nation Chiefs around hydraulic fracturing is outlined below.

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The Assembly of First Nation Chiefs is calling for the federal government to investigate and take action to place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Canada until adequate information is obtained for free and informed consent from First Nations peoples.

Groups and individuals are bieng asked to either write a support letter or use the below form letter to support the Chiefs as well as send a carbon copy to the National Chief and the Premier of New Brunswick ( mailing address enclosed)
 
thank you
alma brooks
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December 11, 2011

Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

E-mail: pm@pm.gc.ca

Attention: Prime Minister Stephen Harper

I am writing this letter in support of the Assembly of First Nation Chiefs of Canada in their request for a moratorium on hydraulic –fracturing for oil and gas,

On December 07, 2011; a special Assembly of First Nations Chiefs passed a resolution #24 that calls for the Federal government to investigate and take immediate action concerning the hydraulic fracturing by oil and gas companies in Canada.

 

Resolution #24

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Chiefs-in-Assembly:

1. Direct the Assembly of First Nations to call upon federal government to conduct, starting immediately, comprehensive and objective research, with guidance and oversight by First Nations, on the short and long-term impacts of hydraulic fracturing, including:

          a. The impacts on water resources with respect to the amount of water that is required for fracturing operations;

          b. The impacts to ground and surface water with respect to the chemicals used in fracturing operations, the contaminated water that is produced in fracturing operations and how the contaminated water is treated and stored;

          c. The impacts of fracturing operations on human health.

2. Direct the Assembly of First Nations to require the federal government to consult with First Nations across Canada on hydraulic fracturing operations, including providing First Nations with comprehensive information on hydraulic fracturing so First Nations are in a position to provide free, prior and informed consent to these operations.

3. Direct the Assembly of First Nations to seek resources from the federal government directly to First Nations and supportive organizations in Canada so they may educate their constituents on and consult with their constituents on hydraulic fracturing in order to be in a position to provide free, prior and informed consent to these operations.

4. Direct the Assembly of First Nations to request the federal government implement an immediate moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas until First Nations have the proper information on these operations, including the aforementioned research, and have given free, prior and informed consent to hydraulic fracturing operations.

Signature:

Date:

CC:

 

National Chief Shawn Atleo

Assembly of First Nations

Trebla Building
473 Albert Street
Suite 900
Ottawa, ON K1R 5B4

Premier David Alward

Province of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, N.B.
Canada E3B 5H1

** English follows**
Bonjour à tous, 
 
Comme certain d'entre vous le savent, la compagnie Castle Resourses est en train de décider s'ils vont continuer le processus d'évaluation environnementale ou encore retirer leur projet de mine d'or à ciel ouvert à Dauversière, dans le Nord-Est du Nouveau-Brunswick. 
 
On reçoit de bonnes nouvelles, comme quoi la compagnie songe sérieusement à retirer son projet (voir par exemple http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/atlantique/2012/01/10/001-incertitude-mine-dauversiere-nouveau-brunswick.shtml). On veut cependant s'assurer que le projet n'aille pas de l'avant, et c'est pourquoi nous lançons une campagne d'envoie de courriels à Castle Resources.
 
C'est simple et facile! Vous n'avez qu'à cliquer sur le lien ci-dessous:
http://www.soselmtree.org/ac.html, à entrer votre adresse courriel, et à mettre votre nom et adresse à la fin de la lettre. Un exemple de lettre vous est fourni, mais vous pouvez l'éditer pour y inclure un message plus personnel si vous le voulez.  
 
Si vous voulez plus d'information sur le projet, vous pouvez aussi parcourir le site www.soselmtree.org
 
N'hésitez pas à partager avec votre famille, vos amis, vos voisins, etc.!


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Hi all, 
 
As  some of you may know, Castle Resources will decide shortly if they follow with the environmental assesment process or if they withdraw their open pit gold mine projet in Dauversière, in northern New-Brunswick.
 
We've been getting good news, stating that the company is seriously considering to withdraw their project (see for example, *only in French* http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/atlantique/2012/01/10/001-incertitude-mine-dauversiere-nouveau-brunswick.shtml). We, however, want to make sure they don't go forward with the project, which is why we are starting a campaign of email-sending to Castle Resources. 
 
It's simple and easy! Just click on this link http://www.soselmtree.org/home.html, enter your email adress, and add your name and adress at the bottom of the letter! An example of a letter is provided, and you can edit it if you wish to send a more personal message.
 
If you need more information on the project, you can browse the www.soselmtree.org website.
 
Don't hesitate to share this with your family, friends, neighbours, etc.!

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