Following in the footsteps of Anishinabek Cannabis entrepreneurs in Alderville and Pikwakanagan, a group of Anishinaabe people involved in the cannabis industry on the north shore of Lake Huron are taking steps to create their own association. The group is holding a one day meeting on August 29th, 2019 in Atikameksheng, and has published a set of by-laws and procedures to enable Anishinaabe people to safely self-regulate the cannabis industry on their territories.
The documents and registration for the meeting are available online at www.northshorecannabis.org. Those who wish to attend the meeting must first fill out a registration form on the website. There is no cost to attend the event. Bobs Smokeshop in Atikameksheng and Creators Choice in Wahnapitae are listed as co-sponsors of the event.
According to the text of the flyer promoting the event:
“Across Canada, Indigenous people are exercising their rights to grow, trade, and sell cannabis as a medicine according to their own customs and conventions. The North Shore Anishinabek Cannabis Association has developed on the heels of similar such efforts to self-regulate the cannabis industry in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Alderville First Nation, and Pikwakanagan Algonquin Territory. “
“We believe that it is time that the Anishinabek on the North Shore of Lake Huron, Georgian Bay, and Manitoulin Island come together to recognize our rights and responsibilities to this medicine, and to the people who require it. We are forming an association to protect ourselves and to help those interested in joining this industry to open stores and grow together in the spirit of self-determination, economic prosperity and freedom.”
“To register, sign up at www.northshorecannabis.org and you’ll receive the meeting details, background documents, and meeting agenda.“