Legal weed could be a conduit to reconciliation, says former AFN chief – Reposted

OTTAWA — Former Assembly of First Nations chief Phil Fontaine says his pitch to produce medical marijuana on reserves is getting lots of attention from Indigenous communities hoping to get into a potentially lucrative industry. About 100 First Nation communities and business interests are keen on the enterprise, he told the National Post this week, though … Continue reading “Legal weed could be a conduit to reconciliation, says former AFN chief – Reposted”

Canada releases 10 “principles” on government’s relationship with Indigenous peoples – REPOSTED

The Government of Canada has released ten principles it says will help in achieving reconciliation with Indigenous peoples through a “renewed, nation to nation, government to government, and Inuit-Crown relationship based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.” The principles were posted on the department of Justice website Friday. “Section 35 contains a full … Continue reading “Canada releases 10 “principles” on government’s relationship with Indigenous peoples – REPOSTED”

At least 2,458 Canadians died from opioid-related overdoses in 2016: report

At least 2,458 Canadians died from apparent opioid-related overdoses in 2016, the Public Health Agency of Canada says. That amounts to seven people a day dying from opioid use, the agency said Tuesday on behalf of the federal, provincial, territorial Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses. In April, the committee agreed to … Continue reading “At least 2,458 Canadians died from opioid-related overdoses in 2016: report”

Assembly of First Nations National Chief on Canada’s Formal Removal of All Objections to UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

(New York, NY):  Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde is at the 16th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York, NY this week and issued the following statement on Canada’s formal removal of all objections to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous … Continue reading “Assembly of First Nations National Chief on Canada’s Formal Removal of All Objections to UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”

5 Important Differences Between Medicinal & Recreational Marijuana Use in Canada

Earlier today, the federal government announced its plans for the decriminalization of marijuana use in Canada.  As this will certainly be a hot topic of debate between now and July 1st, 2018, I want to explain the differences between medicinal and recreational uses of cannabis. At the simplest level, the difference is very clear.  Medical marijuana … Continue reading “5 Important Differences Between Medicinal & Recreational Marijuana Use in Canada”

A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada – REPOSTED

We feel it is imperative that the Task Force look at cannabis in terms of where it is in our culture today, in order to provide the right context and reality that these impending regulations must address. The first point that must be considered, when transitioning cannabis to a regulated market, is it has never … Continue reading “A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada – REPOSTED”

New maps to depict pre-colonial ‘Turtle Island’ Canada – REPOSTED BY WWW.CBC.CA

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is teaming up with five First Nation, Métis and Inuit organizations to redraw the map of Canada. The new maps will be wiped clean of political lines, then rebuilt using Indigenous territories, trading routes, language groups, treaties, stories, art, resources, and other points of interest from the long Indigenous history of Canada. … Continue reading “New maps to depict pre-colonial ‘Turtle Island’ Canada – REPOSTED BY WWW.CBC.CA”

Non-Native Ignorance & the Need for Indigenous Medical Marijuana

Hello! My name is Tim Clayden, Founding Director of Turtle Island Medicines.  Welcome to my blog! I had intended my first article here to be about our company and the positive effects that our Canadian Medical Marijuana certification program is having on the lives of many Indigenous and non-native Canadians alike. Unfortunately, the comments from Conservative Senator Lynn … Continue reading “Non-Native Ignorance & the Need for Indigenous Medical Marijuana”