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Cannabis is an Aboriginal Right: Chief Del Riley’s Georgian Bay speaking tour July 12-15

Chief Del Riley, Hereditary Crane Clan Chief, former leader of the National Indian Brotherhood, past president of the Union of Ontario Indians, and past chairman of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples is doing a speaking tour to discuss the constitutionally protected Aboriginal right to cannabis. Chief Riley will be…

Pot-shop lawsuit ‘a big smokescreen,’ says Long Plain First Nation chief

‘The province wants obviously direct control of anything and everything,’ Dennis Meeches says CBC News • Jul 04, 2021 The chief of a First Nation being sued by the province over the operation of a cannabis store on its treaty lands says the legal action has nothing to do with health…

Manitoba suing to prevent unlicensed cannabis retailer from operating in province

By David Brown, Stratcann, July 2, 2021. Manitoba’s Attorney General announced today they have brought a lawsuit seeking to shut down an unlicensed retailer operating in the province.  The lawsuit seeks an interim and permanent injunction against Indigenous Bloom Long Plain GP and its owners, Long Plain First Nation, and Indigenous Bloom…

Long Plain First Nation Pursuing Access to the Cannabis Market through its Inherent Law-­Making Authority

Media Release – Long Plain First Nation MAY 21, 2021 – The leadership of the Long Plain First Nation has adopted the Long Plain First Nation Cannabis Law pursuant to section 35 of the Constitution Act, the First Nations Land Management Act and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of…

Position paper blasts Shawanaga Cannabis Law as an “unconstitutional” violation of the people’s rights

The position paper “opposes the proposed cannabis law for multiple reasons, including but not limited to: A) its unconstitutional violation of our Aboriginal and Treaty rights on our unceded Indigenous lands, B.) the failure of Chief and Council to involve or consult with the people, C) the lack of transparency or accountability over the convoluted corporate structure created to monopolize the cannabis industry, and D) the way in which the law criminalizes Shawanaga members involved in the cannabis industry.”

Canada’s first Indigenous-owned cannabis producer releases first products to a First Nation retailer

A manager at Green Chief Naturals, licensed to operate by the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, confirms that they began carrying two varieties of dried cannabis from Seven Leaf on Friday, April 23. This appears to represent the first product from a federally licensed cannabis producer being sold in a retail location not authorized by a provincial cannabis authority, but instead by local First Nations authorities.

Concerns raised over voter suppression in Shawanaga First Nation elections

Chief Pamajewon and a council made up of Patricia Pawis, Richard Jason, Dan Pawis, Alfred Stevens and Sherrill Judge have set election regulations that will reduce voter turnout and eliminate online voting. In the midst of a pandemic and ‘stay at home’ order, all voter are now required to travel in person to vote at the recreation centre in the First Nation on May 15th.