Haida Logging Blockade
Updated: 12/16/2020
Haida Logging Blockade

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  • 2005 Haida Gwaii Logging Blockads
  • By: Ewan Bowring
  • In 2005 the residents of Haida Gwaii decided that the bigger corporations were no longer going to exploit the cedar from their land.
  • Cedar is a big part of life in the Queen Charlotte Islands and the excessive removal of cedar trees is said to cause irreparable damage to the streams salmon use. This would put a big dent in their economy as salmon fishing is a huge part of it.
  • A collection of British Columbians (containing residents of Haida Gwaii and non-residents) came together to block loggers from cutting down cedar trees any further.
  • This is Lisa White. Her family are renowned for being cedar artists and her business is derived off that fact.
  • Lisa attended numerous protests (the St'aala Kun protest in particular) to try and reduce the annual logging numbers if cedar trees.
  • Lisa is one of many Haida people who will be severely affected if the attack on cedar trees continues in British Columbia.
  • This is Miles Richardson. Miles is on the Haida Council and is protesting on the front lines.
  • Miles is fighting to make loggers realize how important these trees are and how unfair it is that they exploit the trees like this.
  • He says that they need to respect the aspirations of the Haida nation and to understand that these are their homelands.
  • "We've been here for thousands of years, we intend to be here for thousands more." Miles says in a CBC interview.
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