Sacred Indigenous Knowledge scholar educates Anishinabek front-line workers on cannabis – Anishinabek News

March 27, 2020

TORONTO— The Anishinabek Nation Health Department hosted the Key Health and Social Factors for a Cannabis Strategy Forum in Toronto earlier this month, where Anishinabek front-line workers had a direct platform to voice experiences, ideas, and recommendations that will be incorporated into an Anishinabek Nation Cannabis Health Strategy.

Participants were asked what cannabis meant to them as a way to understand where the mindset was at the beginning of the two-day forum. While some participants viewed cannabis from a point of concern, responding with “harmful, misuse, and concern,” most participants responded with views such as “medicine, economic opportunities, pain-management.”

Participants received a comprehensive presentation from Carol Hopkins, a Sacred Indigenous Knowledge scholar (PhD equivalent in western-based education) and the Executive Director of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, a foundation that she describes as, “the national voice advocating for First Nations culturally-based addictions services.”

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