We are the Anishinaabek, Mushkegowuk, Onkwehonwe, and Lenape Peoples – the Indigenous Peoples located within the artificial borders of Ontario.
As the sovereign Nations of Turtle Island, we possess inherent rights to self-determination.
Our right to self-determination means we have jurisdiction (the right, power and authority) to administer and operate our own political, legal, economic, social and cultural systems.
The recognition of our Nationhood through Treaty making is why the successor state of Canada must work with our Nations on the basis of a government-to-government relationship.
Treaties were made between Nations, establishing how Treaty partners will co-exist, therefore, granting rights and permissions to the settlers and their colonial governments, on areas such as land and resources.
The Spirit and Intent of the made Treaties must be honoured, respected and implemented (practiced) by all Treaty people.
The land is the founding source of our identity and culture. Great responsibilities to protect and preserve the land have been bestowed upon us by the Creator, and are captured in each Nations Laws. Through Treaty our Nations agreed to share the land, therefore, our free, prior and informed consent is required before any development or decisions are made which may impact our inherent and Treaty rights to land.
As sovereign Nations we have never surrendered our rights or title in right of the Crown or the successor state of Canada but, have maintained and solidified their inherency through the Treaty making process.
Prior to contact with the European settlers, our Nations and Peoples – the Anishinaabek, Mushkegowuk, Onkwehonwe, and Lenape – have thrived since time immemorial in what is now known as the province of Ontario on Turtle Island (North America). These Peoples make up 14 Nations: the Mushkegowuk (Cree), Mohawk, Tuscarora, Seneca, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga (the Haudenosaunee – Onkwehonwe Peoples), Delaware, Mississauga, Chippewa, Pottawotami, Algonquin, Odawa, and Anishinabe (the Anishinaabek Peoples).Our Nations possess distinct laws and governance systems, language, culture, territories, economic systems, a defined Peoples (citizenship), history and social structures. This is why we are not “Aboriginal” – a term constructed by the Canadian government which does not recognize the distinct rights of First Nations nor the distinct identities of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples.
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Welcome to our Toking Teepee Alderville First Nation Cannabis Culture Blog
Growing cannabis is all about the journey. Your journey begins here.
Under the sovereign right to self government, Alderville First Nation community of cannabis users, retailers and growers are pioneering an effort for self regulating cannabis usage and distribution. The cannabis industry whether recreational or medicinal is an opportunity of a life time for Alderville First Nation members to be in control of their own destiny when it comes to cannabis.
It is the goal of our community to maintain the integrity of cannabis production and the cannabis retail industry by having strict regulations which encourage safe, clean toxin free, pathogen free lab tested products before putting them up for consumption. Any cannabis growers or retailers operating in violation of our agreed upon regulations do so at risk and will not have the legal protection and recognition that businesses who follow the rules will have. There is a quarterly meeting where members may have a voice as far as regulations go.
This next meeting is on Sept 15, 2018 at the Alderville community Center at 10 am. All Alderville residents encouraged to attend meetings and become more informed. Prior to that meeting the night before at 5:30 pm on Sept 14 the whole village of Alderville and guests are invited to attend a BBQ and dance. Ian Campeau from a tribe called Red will be there helping support the cause.
Merriam Webster Dictionary Definition of Sovereignty:
2 a : supreme power especially over a body politic
b : freedom from external control : autonomy
c : controlling influence
“ALDERVILLE – He doesn’t have a criminal record, but come Oct. 17, Alderville’s Rob Stevenson is willing to go to jail for his cause.” full story: Northumberland News – Alderville First Nation …
Rob Stevenson is one of many First Nations pioneers bringing in a potential Golden Green Age to well positioned First Nation Lands which are receptive to responsible self regulation which benefits the whole community as much as possible. It’s exciting to see Alderville becoming a place where many people go to enjoy laboratory tested cannabis medicine products.
First Nation communities like Alderville enjoy sovereign rights on their own land. First Nation owned and operated Cannabis Dispensaries operating on there own land under sovereign principles have already lifted countless people out of unemployment and for First Nations members of Alderville many even poverty has now found it’s end.
In my opinion as far as First Nations Lands and people are concerned if they can benefit from responsibly regulating their own cannabis industry it should be a no brainer. Otherwise the doors are wide open to outside governments dictating and monopolizing an industry which was already in place. The same thing that happened with tobacco if challenged constitutionally will happen with cannabis I believe and hope.
Toking Teepee Editor