Tyendinaga Mohawk Police Chief Jason Brant says his police force won’t be moving against marijuana stores in the community. (CBC) As the use of recreational cannabis became legal in Canada on Wednesday, the Indigenous unit looked at how this is affecting several First Nations across the country.
In B.C., a hereditary chief has been supplying his First Nation’s members with medicinal cannabis oil for several years and is now looking at partnering with a company to expand.
In Winnipeg, Peguis First Nation has entered into the marijuana business in a big way by partnering on what may become the largest cannabis production facility in Manitoba.
The more than 30 cannabis dispensaries operating in the Tyendinaga community in Ontario continued business as usual on Wednesday . Some of their owners hope the delay in opening marijuana retail stores in that province will mean more customers for them.
Kanien’kehá:ka communities in Ontario and Quebec are trying to find ways for their cannabis industry to avoid the problems that came with tobacco shacks in the ’80s and ’90s.
And in Kahnawake, Que., members of the Mohawk Nation’s longhouse articulated their stance on cannabis not being a traditional medicine , saying members claiming an inherent right to the substance are off-base. More Indigenous reps needed in Ottawa
Senator Lillian Dyck at committee meeting in Yellowknife. (Emily Blake/CBC ) Experts weighed in on a recent Supreme Court ruling that parliamentarians do not have a duty to consult Indigenous Peoples when drafting legislation. They say it signals a need for more Indigenous MPs, senators and judges in Ottawa. Fake Indian status cards investigated
A federal government-issued card on the left, and a card distributed by the Confederation of Aboriginal Peoples of Canada. (CBC) The RCMP, the provincial police in Quebec and the Canada Revenue Agency are all investigating the use of cards issued by various non-status organizations to obtain tax breaks. Push to rename McGill’s Redmen
Tomas Jirousek has been on McGill’s varsity rowing team for the past three years and wants its Redmen name changed. (Tomas Jirousek) A First Nations athlete on the rowing team at McGill University in Montreal is supporting a movement to rename the university’s sports teams, known as the Redmen. iNdigital space opens
Set up throughout the iNdigital Space are VR stations and computers to play videos games, all made by Indigenous creators as a feature of the imagineNATIVE film festival. (Rhiannon Johnson/CBC) The imagineNATIVE festival was on in Toronto this week and new this year was a space devoted to digital and interactive media works.
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