SENATOR HARDER, LEADER OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE SENATE, AGREES THAT CANADA MUST HONOUR ITS DUTY TO CONSULT ON MARIJUANA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOVEMBER 23, 2017

Ottawa, ON. – Today during Question Period in the Senate, Senator Dennis Patterson, Senator for Nunavut, asked Senator Harder, Leader of the Government in the Senate, about the level of consultations with Inuit regarding cannabis legislation:

Senator Patterson: Article 32 of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement clearly states that the government has a duty to consult with Inuit on any policies that have significant social and cultural implications…Senator Harder, I am aware that the government has consulted with on Ottawa-based Inuit organization, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, but on October 26, 2017, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, the land claims implementation organization in Nunavut, passed a unanimous resolution.  It asked the government to postpone the legalization, to consult with Inuit on whether to legalize, to state the timing and mitigation measures on potential negative impacts, and that treatment and rehabilitation centres for drug and alcohol addictions be established in Nunavut as part of any legalization plan…Will the government consider engaging in meaningful consultation, as required under the constitutionally protected land claims agreement, with Nunavut Tunngavik (NTI) to address their concerns before the passage of the legislation?

Senator Harder: I will enquire with respect to NTI specifically, but I want to assure senators that the government will accept all of its obligations, as it should, with respect to the land claims agreements.

For press enquiries or to request an interview contact:

Claudine Santos

Parliamentary Affairs Advisor,

Office of Senator Dennis Patterson,

Senator for Nunavut

613.996.1839

Claudine.Santos@sen.parl.gc.ca

Statement – Inuit Consultations on Marijuana