Many discussions have taken place in the past few years on the need for Indigenous health transformation. Now, the COVID pandemic has highlighted the urgent need for this transformation. However, work so far has not addressed the central issue – unresolved barriers to self-determined reconstitution of First Nation health governance based on Indigenous nationhood. With this project NCH sets the stage for removal of these barriers and helps communities advance on their health authority and health jurisdiction.
The Cannabis Act came into force on October 2018. It legalized the purchase, consumption and production of limited amounts of cannabis in Canada. Neither were the Indigenous communities consulted for this Act nor were their considerations or aspirations taken. With Canada leaving it to the provinces to set rules, unresolved issues remain for our communities – mainly, the self-determined governance of First Nation cannabis production, distribution, consumption and taxation. With this project NCH helps communities advance their authority & economic goals over cannabis.
Whether it is Harvesting, Logging, Fishing or other Land Use, the Indigenous Peoples rights over their lands pre-date Canada. The Treaties and the Canadian Constitution recognize this. However, Indigenous rights to their lands have been subjected to a complex web of regulations that serve the settlers and marginalize the original occupants. NCH provides a perspective to describe what is at stake. It begins by describing what Land Back stands for NCH. This paper enables communities to assert their inherent and Treaty rights by providing a roadmap to self-determination in use of their land.
A landscape scan from an Indigenous perspective, this living document comes from a place of empowerment and defines the purpose of nationhood and the connection First Peoples have had with the land since the very beginning. It lays out what went wrong and why reconstitution is needed. NCH regularly maintains and updates this overview document to list some of the critical land dispossession issues in the country.
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