Article by Brennan Doherty, StarMetro Calgary
Canada’s first conference on cannabis and Indigenous Peoples kicked is underway at the Tsuu T’ina Nation Sunday.
The National Indigenous Cannabis & Hemp Conference, the country’s first such event, is hosted at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino on the First Nation community, just southwest of Calgary, for three days.
In an open letter, Chief Lee Crowchild said the legalization of recreational cannabis has prompted a lot of discussion from Indigenous communities across the country.
“The social, economic and health benefits will have an impact on each of our communities for generations to come. It is important that we are all fully informed as to how the legalization of cannabis will affect our communities, from health and safety, to economic benefits, to our treaty rights and sovereignty.”
Speakers at the conference include everyone from cannabis company executives to investors, chief Crowchild to federal Health Minister Ginette Taylor. The agenda lists presentations on everything from harm reduction to how Indigenous communities can cash in on Canada’s nascent legal recreational cannabis industry.