Francis Boots discusses the cannabis plant from a traditional Onkwehon:we perspective

Francis Boots discusses the cannabis plant from a traditional Onkwehon:we perspective. Boots talks about the how the longhouse people in Akwesasne developed a proposal to do a legal grow op and his perspectives on the cannabis plant. This interview was conducted on May 22nd 2017 by Tom Keefer.

‘We’re dealing with a lot of deep trauma’: B.C. Aboriginal peoples turn to culture for healing amid overdose crisis

  by Nick Eagland | Vancouver Sun | April 2, 2017 The morning of his sister’s funeral, Jonathan Ewenin walked out of Vancouver General Hospital not knowing why he’d slept there. Rail-thin, dazed and alone, he worried what his sister, Mary Bee, would have thought of him and of how he’d almost missed the chance to say goodbye. It was Nov. 4, 2016, Ewenin’s 19th birthday. A fentanyl overdose had nearly killed him the night before, Ewenin later learned. His 26-year-old sister died Oct. 22. Her cause of death remains unknown. Ewenin rushed to St. James Anglican Church in the Downtown Eastside for the funeral service, which was Read More …

People of the Hemp, Part 1: Losing Land, Culture, Tradition

Alysa Landry | Indian Country Media Network | September 26, 2014 The way Tracy Johnson tells it, the plateau of land overlooking Niagara Falls and nestled among the Finger Lakes of northwestern New York once was covered in fields of hemp. The natural herb, interspersed with rows of corn, was evidence of centuries of inhabitation by the Tuscarora, now a dwindling tribe on a tiny sliver of land. The Tuscarora, or Ska-ru-ren, are the “people of the hemp,” “hemp gatherers” or “shirt-wearers,” so-named because they traditionally wore shirts made of woven hemp, said Tracy, who is one of about 660 enrolled members Read More …

Is Indigenous cannabis an “aboriginal right”?

How an Ontario Court ruling on Indigenous medicine might affect the “Aboriginal right” of Indigenous people growing and selling cannabis. Table of Contents Justice Edward’s groundbreaking ruling on “Aboriginal Right” Are Indigenous Medical Cannabis Dispensaries an “Aboriginal Right” What defines an “Aboriginal Right”? Aboriginal people have no rights that the Canadian system is required to respect Implications for the Indigenous Medical Cannabis Industry Between equal rights, force decides   By Tom Keefer  In 2014, Ontario Court Justice Gethin Edward made a groundbreaking ruling in a case having to do with Aboriginal rights and Indigenous medicine. The case before him concerned Read More …

Mario and Buzzy Baptiste: rights, responsibilities, and knowing who you are

TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY – Mario and Buzzy Baptiste are two Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) men who have long been involved in the cannabis industry. They were both in attendance at the January 28th meeting of the Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association in Tyendinaga where this interview was recorded. Mario Baptiste provides his understanding of the rights and responsibilities of Onkwehon:we people and the distinction between “Indians” and “natives”. Mario cautions people to know who they really are and to act accordingly. Buzzy and his brother are opening up a new medical cannabis dispensary called Peacemaker 420. Buzzy explains a bit of the background to Read More …

Kanasaraken (Loran Thompson) on medical cannabis and the Onkwehon:we

Kanasaraken (Loran Thompson) speaks to Tom Keefer of Real Peoples Media about his thoughts on the draft framework and bylaws of the Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association, the significance of medical cannabis as a healing herb, and how longhouse people should relate to this growing industry. This interview was recorded in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory on January 11th, 2017.