Wood seized by Haida Nation

  • Apr. 4, 2005 6:00 p.m.

Stacks of wood lie at log sorts in Queen Charlotte and Juskatla with “Seized by the CHN’ written across them in blue spray paint.
“Weyerhaeuser was trying to grab as much wood as they could before they left,” said CHN president Guujaaw.
The CHN seized the wood after the blockade of TFL 39 began March 22.
Guujaaw couldn’t say the exact value of the wood, but said it was a big volume of mixed wood. Many of the logs are small and were cut with a mechanical harvester, he said.
The CHN intends to use as much of the wood here on the islands as it can for cultural purposes, and sell the rest with the money going to support islands services such as hospitals and schools, Guujaaw said. However, he isn’t sure how they will be sold, and before that happens there are some legal issues to deal with, he said.