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 part of their inextinguishable Aboriginal rights and title. But in Canadian politics and especially in business, it has become the norm to see these rights and calls to fulfill promises of truth and reconciliation completely ignored.
The B.C. government, one that in November 2019 passed legislation to implement the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), is being called out for continuing to avoid such calls, recently showing its true colours by blatantly ignoring a consortium of First Nations seeking government guidance.
With all due respect, there needs to be more of a concerted effort. There needs to be true actions.– Chief Robert Gladstone,
Shxwhá:y First Nation
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