No plan to ask Indigenous leaders about decriminalization – Cabin Radio

April 22, 2022

Despite highlighting the importance of consulting Indigenous leaders about drug decriminalization, neither the territorial nor federal governments appear set to do so.

Earlier in March, following two overdose deaths, Yellowknife North MLA Rylund Johnson asked Premier Caroline Cochrane if she plans to “join police chiefs, public health officials, countless politicians, and most recently the Premier of BC, in asking [the federal government] to decriminalize drugs?”

Cochrane deferred the question to justice minister RJ Simpson, who said consultation with Indigenous leaders was needed before the territory could offer a position.

“We need to work with the Indigenous governments in the Northwest Territories because this is not our decision alone,” Simpson said.

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