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“Return our medicines:” supporters of High-Way 69 Medicinal Dispensary rally against APS raid

About two dozen people gathered at the Shawanaga Band Council office on Monday, March 22nd to rally against the March 11th, 2021 raid by Anishinabek Police Services on the High-Way 69 Medicinal dispensary. The group was led by Hereditary Chief Del Riley, a former head of the National Indian Brotherhood, and one of the main authors and negotiators for the sections of the Canadian constitution which are meant to safeguard Aboriginal and Treaty Rights.

Indigenous man says he can sell cannabis without B.C. lisence because of UN declaration

"It's made it quite difficult for First Nations to actually do any business off-reserve, so I took it upon myself — once the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was tabled in B.C. — to step off-reserve and basically assert our rights within our territory, our practice, our rights within our territory."

Media Release: Rally in Shawanaga – Stop the Raids, Return our Medicines!

At 9:30am on Monday, March 22nd, supporters of the High-Way 69 Medical Cannabis dispensary will gather in the parking lot of the store, and then travel in a convoy to the APS station in Wasauksing First Nation which launched the raid. The convoy will be led by Chief Del Riley and will demand that the APS return the stolen medicines and apologize for the raid. Supporters are asked to bring flags and signs and wear camo to show their support.

B.C. ignoring First Nations goes far beyond cannabis: It flies in the face of established Aboriginal Rights and Title in Canada

“Reconciliation is not just words. Reconciliation is action.”– B.C. Premier John Horgan From insidethejar.com Original article by Amanda Siebert December 11 2020 Canada’s legal cannabis industry presents an agricultural opportunity of profound potential for First Nations and their governments; one could also argue that participating in such an industry is…

Six Nations People’s Cannabis Coalition creates interim agreement, 6 shops open, 31 more to come

A grassroots coalition has emerged – in the face of Band Council opposition and violent police raids – to set rules and to ensure the safety of Indigenous cannabis industry at Six Nations. From realpeoples.media original article July 13 2020 SIX NATIONS – The ongoing saga of cannabis dispensaries at Six…

VIDEO – Batchewana Police receive letter and agree to “come to an arrangement” with dispensaries after National Aboriginal Day police station rallies

A new step in a dialogue was made on Sunday as Sergeant Jim Sayers of the Batchewana Police (OPP) agreed with dispensary owners that criminalization doesn’t work to address rights issues; and offered to “sit down, talk about it, come to an arrangement” as Anishinaabe people. OPP Provincial Liaison Team…

City, Williams Lake Indian Band at odds over projects, pollution abatement order

Frustrations aired at city council meeting draw ire of WLIB From wltribune.com Original Article by Monica Lamb-Yorski May 7 2020 Mounting tensions between the City of Williams Lake and Williams Lake Indian Band (WLIB) came to a head publicly this week after a city councillor and the mayor aired frustrations during an…

Indigenous constitutional expert says Garden River cannabis shops are legal

Over 60 people gathered on Thursday, December 19th, 2019 to hear Del Riley, a former leader of the National Indian Brotherhood, and co-author of Section 25 and 35 of the Canadian Constitution, speak about the Indigenous right to run cannabis dispensaries on their own lands. The evening’s event came in the context of a recent raid on an indigenous cannabis dispensary in the territory, and a 50 person strong rally outside of Band Council offices.