Checkpoints continue

  • Apr. 8, 2005 5:00 p.m.

April 8, 5 pm-There is no end in sight to the protest action which has halted most Weyerhaeuser logging on Graham Island.
Friday marked Day 18 of the action, and spokesperson Irene Mills said the two checkpoints are becoming more permanent, with shelters going up and phone lines getting installed.
Ms Mills said there is a friendly atmosphere at both lines and visitors will be warmly welcomed. More people are visiting as the evenings become lighter, she said, and the shelters which have been built are allowing elders to visit in comfort.
On Thursday the Honna line celebrated Gilbert Pollard’s birthday with dinner and a cake, Ms Mills said.
Meanwhile, the alliance of Haida and non-Haida islanders who put the roadblocks up are organizing a fundraising dinner and dance to be held April 22 in Queen Charlotte.
Ms Mills said Metis singer Ryan Bresser will be coming up to the islands to play at the benefit dance, and will probably also perform at both checkpoints.
Mr. Bresser is from Victoria and recently won the Pierre Falcon award for artistic achievement from the Metis National Council.
The event will probably feature a dinner and loonie-toonie auction for families, to be followed by an adults-only dance, at the Queen Charlotte community hall. The money raised will go towards people affected by the road blocks.
“We know there are families having a hard time,” Ms Mills said. “We want to be able to help any way we can.”