HaidaBucks Prepare To Defend Against Starbucks®
by MadamD 12:10pm Sat Apr 26 '03
StarBucks....confused over Indian Bucks?????
HaidaBucks Prepares To Defend Against Starbucks®
HaidaBucks, a small, indigenous-owned café on Haida Gwaii received an
outpouring of support in the week following news reports that it was being
sued by Starbucks® for trademark infringement. Initial concerns about the
cost of mounting a legal challenge were put to rest when thousands of people
called and emailed to offer help and donations for a legal defense fund.
Among the first callers was prominent barrister Joseph Arvay of Arvay and
This is not the first time Mr. Arvay has worked with Canada's indigenous
peoples. He represented Delgamuukw before the Supreme Court of Canada and is
now counsel for the Haida Nation in their aboriginal title claim. Co-owner
Darin Swanson is ecstatic about the shop's good fortune. "No one's better
for this case than Joseph Arvay," Darin said. "He know the law in this case
extremely well, and knows the Haida people intimately. This is better than
we ever hope for."
HaidaBucks also announced their new web site - www.haidabuckscafe.com -
created by someone they'd never met before making the news. What began as
one of many calls to offer moral support quickly, turned into a discussion
about a web site to call attention to the café's plight, Swanson said. "I'd
never met the man on the other end of the phone, but two days later, he had
a web site written, designed and published on the Internet for us. It's
really helped spread the news. In the first five days, we received over
twenty thousand visitors." Swanson added that they intend to update the site
regularly to keep supporters informed of the latest activity.
HaidaBucks was founded in May, 1999, by four members of the Haida Nation.
Located in the village of Masset (on Haida Gwaii in the Queen Charlotte
Islands off the North coast of British Columbia), the café serves salads,
soups, and a variety of sandwiches and subs in addition to its line of hot
and cold beverages.
Contact: Darin Swanson or Willis Parnell