Covid-19 is spreading through Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario and intensifying the already existing dynamics of poverty and oppression. In this interview, Darlene Necan speaks about the effects of Covid-19 in Ojibway Nation of Saugeen #258 and the abandonment of the people by Chief and Council.
Category: Health and Healing
VIDEO: Strange man intimidates mother of two, makes death threats to a youth, and invades respected elder’s home in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory
An abusive man threatened a woman and a youth at a Tyendinaga cannabis dispensary on Bayshore Rd. on Saturday night before invading a respected elder’s home.
Six Nations People’s Cannabis Coalition announces official opening of five self-regulated cannabis stores in Six Nations
On October 14th, the SNPCC announced that five currently open dispensaries have agreed to uphold the Six Nations People’s Cannabis Coalition’s Cannabis Agreement, Interim Agreement, and to contribute to the community fund.
Echaquan’s health had been affected by ailments caused by colonial encroachment on her people’s lifeways. In a phone interview held on Thursday with Real People’s Media, family friend Chantal Chartrand reported that Echaquan attended the Emergency department on Saturday, Sept. 26th to seek treatment for stomach pains, and that by Monday, Sept. 28th, she was dead.
At Six Nations, 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.
“Band Councils can’t collect any government money unless you go into a state of emergency. That’s the unfortunate part and that’s why you’ve got provinces and municipalities all calling these. You get no funding unless you do. That’s an interesting position for our people to be in; we’re really fucked. It gets back to my original point – we shouldn’t be closing our businesses. We should be doing everything in our power to make commerce safe.”
We do need to protect our communities, but there is a difference between being cautious and being careful. Being cautious is reactionary, and based on the emotion of fear which makes us unable to think clearly and makes us easy to be controlled. Being careful is an action where we use our intelligence intelligently.
The following is an overview of the Cannabis Control Law that the MBQ claims has been in effect since March of 2019.