Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the Province of B.C. have entered into a government-to-government cannabis agreement that supports cannabis economic development. This is the seventh agreement to be signed and continues to show B.C. and First Nations are implementing a path forward to support a safe and strong cannabis sector.
The agreement supports Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s interests in operating cannabis production and retail ventures.
“Tsleil-Waututh Nation is committed to bringing new economic development and employment opportunities to our community. This cannabis agreement will result in many benefits, such as stable, long-term jobs and income for our members,” said Chief Jen Thomas, Tsleil-Waututh Nation. “This is reconciliation in action and it is an important part of the Province of B.C.’s commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).”
Section 119 of the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act authorizes the Province to enter into agreements with Indigenous governments.
Susie Chant, MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour, said: “The Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the B.C. government are making good inroads on government-to-government relationships. This agreement continues to strengthen the platform of those relationships, working together to achieve goals for regulated cannabis.”
To further support the growth of a strong and diverse cannabis industry inclusive of Indigenous-owned and small-scale operations, the Province introduced the B.C. Indigenous Cannabis Product program in January 2022.