Medicine Wheel Natural Healing would like to thank everyone who came out to our Grand Opening on August 26th. We invite you to check out our videos from the days events and the picture gallery below! Thank you to all the vendors and participants in the day’s events.
Rob Stevenson, the owner of Medicine Wheel began the event by thanking everyone for coming out.
Brian Marquis is the President of the Ontario Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association then shared a few words.
In the second part of this video, Marquis explains the purpose and mission of the National Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association.
Kevin Shaganash rocked the day away, and kept the crowds entertained! Here he is with his hit song “Idle No More.”
Kevin Shaganash singing “Sweet Cedar Tea.”
Herbalist Lisa Messenger was on site to share her knowledge of herbal medicine. Messenger has been trained in both Western and Indigenous modalities of herbal medicine, and will be working with Medicine Wheel Natural Healing to help clients with a wider range of herbal remedies.
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Business has been good at a new cannabis dispensary on Alderville First Nation near Peterboroug, Ontario.
“It’s just amazing seeing all walks of life come through here, so many different people,” said Mel Marsden manager of Medicine Wheel Natural Healing.
They’ve been coming for everything lip balm to skin ointment, candy and, of course, a variety of marijuana.
But the owner said it’s also about creating jobs.
“Were creating an employment boom and economic boom,” said owner Rob Stevenson, “We’re going to have bakers, we’re going to have Indigenous growers and that’s something that we’re really trying to focus on
But as shops like these continue to pop up on First Nations as Canada gets closer to legalizing pot some say there are challenges that need to be looked at.
“I remain optimistic that First Nations will benefit from any revenue generated from these ventures, while historically Ontario First Nations have been neglected in resource revenue sharing with the province of Ontario, this new industry provides an opportunity to turn a new leaf and to examine innovative revenue sharing opportunities,” said Chief Isadore Day of the Chiefs of Ontario.
But Stevenson said there shouldn’t be any interference from Ottawa.
“Each community is different, first of all, and I think it should be up to each community on how dispensaries and growing is run on those communities,” he said.