Indigenous engagement approach: Cannabis Act legislative review

Current status: Extended

Opened on September 22, 2022. The deadline for submissions has been extended until January 15, 2023.

Health Canada is committed to a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, truth, co-operation and partnership. First Nations, Inuit and Métis perspectives will be critical to inform the work of the Expert Panel, and in shaping findings or recommendations resulting from the review.

As an initial step in the engagement process, Health Canada published a paper, Summary from engagement with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples: The Cannabis Act and its impacts, and an accompanying questionnaire. The paper aimed to summarize and confirm what has been shared with Health Canada by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples regarding cannabis since the period prior to the coming into force of the Cannabis Act.

The deadline to submit feedback on the Summary from engagement with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples: The Cannabis Act and its impacts, and its accompanying questionnaire has been extended until January 15, 2023. Feedback will be shared with the Expert Panel to inform their assessment of the Act and to support their engagement activities.

Submissions will be summarized by the department in a report that will reflect the distinct interests and priorities of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. However, comments will not be attributed to any specific individual or organization. This report may be made public on canada.ca.

Join in: how to participate

First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, communities and organizations are invited to participate in this engagement exercise by reflecting on the topics and questions outlined in the paper, Summary from engagement with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples: The Cannabis Act and its impacts.

You are invited to share your feedback in one of the following ways:

Share your ideas online

Send us an email

Participate by mail

Send your written submissions to the address in contact information below.

You may wish to include or attach additional sources of evidence in support of your responses. We ask that attachments submitted electronically be in Word or PDF format.

Please note that if you cannot access the Summary from engagement with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples: The Cannabis Act and its impacts online, you may contact Indigenousfeedbacklegreview-retroactionautochtonesexamenleg@hc-sc.gc.ca to request that a physical copy of the paper be mailed to you by post at the address of your choice.

Who is the focus of this engagement?

Health Canada is seeking feedback on the Summary from engagement with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples: The Cannabis Act and its impacts from:

Key questions for discussion

The goal of this paper is to summarize and confirm what has been shared with Health Canada by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples regarding the impact of the Cannabis Act. First Nations, Inuit and Métis are invited to provide feedback to the questions in the paper and to share their insights and perspectives in response to the paper, including:

Related information

The Government of Canada recognizes First Nations, Inuit and Métis as distinct, rights-bearing communities with their own histories, cultures and interests. Accordingly, the Expert Panel will adopt a distinctions-based approach to conducting a review of the impacts of the Cannabis Act on First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities.

Health Canada will continue to engage with interested First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders and organizations to share information about the legislative review and to gather input on how they would like to work with the Panel throughout the review process. This information will be provided to the Expert Panel for its consideration as it undertakes its own engagement strategy with First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

Contact us

For inquiries about Indigenous engagement associated with the legislative review of the Cannabis Act, contact:

Indigenous Feedback Legislative Review
Health Canada
Address locator 0302I
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0K9
Email: Indigenousfeedbacklegreview-retroactionautochtonesexamenleg@hc-sc.gc.ca

For inquiries about the general engagement associated with the legislative review of the Cannabis Act, contact:

Cannabis Act Legislative Review Secretariat
Health Canada
Address locator 0302I
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0K9
Email: legreview-examenleg@hc-sc.gc.ca

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