In Burns Lake, an Indigenous-owned company wants to replace vanishing forestry jobs with new jobs in pot production. Nations Cannabis plans to renovate a former mill in Decker Lake to cultivate 25,000 square feet of marijuana.
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"Anyone can get access to seeds, dirt and water," says the cannabis and Indigenous rights activist Ian Campeau — formerly of the Juno-winning A Tribe Called Red, "That’s all it takes to get started."
Cannabis firm layoffs mean migrants must return home. “Most of these workers have families and they are First Nations in Guatemala. They are Indigenous people."
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.