First Nations Cannabis News

First Nations Cannabis News

Indigenous pot shop owner refuses to shut down after being raided by province

Cory Brewer, sovereign dispensary owner standing behind all of the products packaged for seizure by the CSU.Article source- https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/indigenous-pot-shop-owner-refuses-to-shut-down-after-being-raided-by-province/ Indigenous pot shop owner refuses to shut down after being raided by province.Kelsie Kilawna - Local Journalism Initiative ReporterJun 11, 2020   Tupa’s Joint opened without provincial license. Owner Cory Brewer says he’s asserting his sovereign rights backed by his band and UNDRIP. Members of British Columbia’s Community Safety Unit (CSU) raided Tupa’s Joint, an Indigenous owned cannabis dispensary, and seized all of its products Wednesday. “They took 10 thousand dollars worth of product,” says owner Cory Brewer. Brewer, a member of the Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB), opened Tupa’s Joint on May 23, 2020. The store sells cannabis and hemp products but is also a healing centre focused on cultural wellness. But Tupa’s Joint doesn’t have a provincial license to sell cannabis. Brewer says he doesn’t plan on getting one. “As far as I’m…

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Assembly of First Nations Celebration of Third Annual National Day of First Nation Fishing Rights – May 18, 2020

Celebration of Third Annual National Day of First Nation Fishing Rights – May 18, 2020on May 11, 2020 Fishing is part of First Nations culture and identity. It sustains First Nations peoples and economies and is a constitutionally protected inherent and Treaty right. In the spirit of reconciliation and raising awareness of our shared history and future, the Assembly of First Nations National Fisheries Committee, by direction from Chiefs-in -Assembly, have declared the Monday preceding May 25 a National Day of First Nations Fishing Rights. This year, National Day of First Nation Fishing Rights falls on May 18, 2020. This will be the third year there is a day to honour the inherent right to fish, to raise awareness of its interconnectedness to growing sustainable environments, conservation, and water protection and fostering healthy individuals and nations. In AFN Resolution 75/2017, National Day of First Nations Fishing Rights, Victoria Day was chosen by the National…

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Nipissing First Nation cannabis manufacturing plant to bring 80 jobs

Ground has broken on a 30,000-square-foot cannabis-growing facility on Nipissing First Nation. Pictured are (from left) Douglas Chevrier; Don Seguin, of general contractor DS Commercial Contracting; Natalie Payette-Chevrier, owner of Golden Harvest Organics (GHO); Adam Allard, GHO's chief operating officer. (Supplied photo) Nipissing First Nation is going to be home to a new cannabis manufacturing facility that hopes to bring more than 80 jobs to the area. Golden Harvest Organics Inc. recently broke ground on a 30,000-square-foot building. The land is owned by Natalie Payette-Chevrier. "She will be the first female First Nation entrepreneur in the country to take on a project of this size and scope," Adam Allard, chief operating officer, told BayToday. Cannabis will be grown on-site. "It's a commercial manufacturing facility," said Allard. "It's all indoor." The state-of-the-art facility will be one of the most secure in the region, second only to North Bay's North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).  Mandatory security planning includes: eight-foot barbed-wire perimeter…

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Elementor #5934

Conference looks at how First Nations can be involved in marijuana industry VANCOUVER - The cannabis industry is seen by some First Nations as an opportunity to take the initiative and get out of poverty, says the regional chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations.Cultivating, buying or selling cannabis could provide economic support to those First Nations devastated by a downturn in the province's forest industry, Terry Teegee said Wednesday at a summit on cannabis held by the Assembly of First Nations."A lot of the communities are tired of living in poverty," he said. "It's an opportunity for your community to assert your jurisdiction, assert your self-determination. We want to be a part of the community."The two-day First Nations Cannabis Summit is attended by chiefs or their representatives from across the country to hear about policy, safety, health, and social and economic development.There are varying points of view among First Nations on how…

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Canada should create First Nations model for cannabis sales: former chief

https://www.thegrowthop.com/cannabis-culture/cannabis-communities/canada-should-create-first-nations-model-for-cannabis-sales-former-chief Isadore Day, now the CEO of a consulting group named Bimaadzwin, said Ottawa never discussed legalization with First Nations communities Ontario’s former Assembly of First Nations regional chief said the government should legalize cannabis sales in Indigenous communities — and he’s willing to help it create the framework. Isadore Day, now the CEO of a consulting group named Bimaadzwin, said Ottawa never discussed legalization with First Nations communities. Day said the move prompted the group to set up its own shops on reserves. “We’re not the black market,” he told CBC. “We just haven’t been legitimized by Canada’s cannabis framework as of yet.” Indigenous communities should have been at the roundtable discussing cannabis as part of their treaty rights, he said. Day hopes something is done soon. “It’s something that you can bet the federal government is going to want to address with this new government after Nov. 20, with the swearing in of the…

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