Shxwhá:y Village, BC Signs Cannabis Deal

The Village of Shxwhá:y and the Province of British Columbia have entered into a government-to-government agreement that supports the economic development of cannabis.

This is the sixth agreement of its kind and an important milestone that shows that BC and First Nations are working to support a robust cannabis industry.

Section 119 of the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act authorizes the province to enter into agreements with Indigenous Nations. The provision provides flexibility that allows both governments to achieve goals for regulated cannabis. This agreement confirms certain variations from the provincial framework for Shxwhá:y’s cannabis operations, while maintaining alignment with federal and provincial cannabis laws.

“Shxwhá:y Village and BC have worked diligently in partnership to reach an agreement that helps both governments achieve our cannabis goals,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “Together, we are implementing a way forward that supports a safe and strong cannabis sector.”

The agreement supports Shxwhá:y’s interests in operating cannabis production and retail businesses, and affirms each government’s shared policy objectives with respect to public health and safety, social responsibility, protection of young people, deterrence of illicit activities and support for socio-economic development.

“We have undertaken to align our interests and our approach with those of the provincial government. We had difficult discussions and it took almost three years to finalize this agreement, but I am proud that we have signed an agreement that establishes a solid foundation for continued government-to-government collaboration,” said Chief Robert Gladstone, Shxwhá:y Village. “This is reconciliation in action. However, reconciliation has no end. Work continues through the implementation of this agreement. This would not have been possible without the support of my community, my colleagues at the BC Cannabis Secretariat and my negotiating team at All Nations.

To further support the growth of a strong and diverse cannabis industry that includes Indigenous-owned and small-scale operations, the province launched a BC Indigenous Cannabis Products Program in January 2022, expanding options for all retailers and will launch new programs for direct delivery this summer and on-farm sales later this year.

Learn more:

For more information on the BC Indigenous Cannabis Product Program, visit: https://www.bcldbcannabisupdates.com/BCICP

For more information on expanded delivery options for retailers, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022PSSG0047-001079

For more information on cannabis regulations in British Columbia, visit: https://www.cannabis.gov.bc.ca