Friday, April 01, 2005

Haida seize Weyerhaeuser timber

(I cut and pasted this from, it's a Globe and Mail article.)

Prince Rupert, B.C. -- Haida Indians say they have seized a large quantity of cut timber from Weyerhaeuser for alleged breach of contract.

"We hope we can use this money to get hospitals here ... and all our schools are in debt because they've been funded like everywhere else in the province," said Guujaaw, president of the Council of the Haida Nation.

The seized timber is a result of a Haida claim that Weyerhaeuser has violated five of the six provisions they agreed to in a 2002 accord between the Haida, forestry workers and Weyerhaeuser.

"Weyerhaeuser was going in and grabbing whatever they could on their way out the door," said Guujaaw. "We had a contract with them and they broke it."

The Haida have seized several barges and other timber still awaiting sorting, including cypress, cedar and hemlock, said Guujaaw.

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