BOISE, ID/ASUBPEESCHOSEEWAGONG: U.S. paper company stops using wood from Grassy Narrows

25 March 2008
BOISE, ID/ASUBPEESCHOSEEWAGONG: U.S. paper company stops using wood from Grassy Narrows

by William Payne

Idaho-based paper company, Boise Inc., recently agreed to honour a request by Chief Simon Fobister to stop using wood fibre from the territory of Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy Narrows First Nation). “Boise's decision puts pressure on the Ontario government which licensed logging activity against the wishes of the First Nation community,” notes Rebecca Johnson, Administrative Coordinator for CPT-Canada.

In January 2007, the First Nation community called for a moratorium on logging and other resource extraction activities in their traditional territory. “Our fundamental ability to traditionally harvest to feed and support our families, as we have for millennia, is being jeopardized,” Chief Fobister told Amnesty International last year.

Through violence-reduction teams, delegations, lobbying and public witness, CPT has actively supported the pursuit of a just and nonviolent resolution to this conflict for many years. In September 2007, along with Aboriginal leaders and Rainforest Action Network (RAN), CPTers unfurled a giant banner on the lawn of Queens Park, the Ontario provincial legislature. The 150-foot arrow-shaped yellow banner said, “Native Land Rights Now.” See

"We're calling on the other companies who continue to violate Grassy Narrows's wishes to follow Boise's lead," said David Sone from RAN, upon learning of the company’s decision. AbitibiBowater Inc. and U.S. forestry giant Weyerhaeuser Co. are among those companies who have failed to comply with the First Nation community’s moratorium.

On 30 January, CPTers participated in an international day of action focused on Grand & Toy, an office supply company that also uses wood fibre from Grassy Narrows territory.