Assembly of First Nations (AFN) – Virtual Cannabis Town Hall

Nov 22 - 22, 2023
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About the Event Overview

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) will host the Cannabis Virtual Town Hall on November 22, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. – to 3:00 p.m. ET. The Cannabis Virtual Town Hall will be held online via Zoom.

The Cannabis Virtual Town Hall will host plenary and dialogue sessions to discuss the legislative review of the Cannabis Act, Health Canada.


The Cannabis Virtual Town Hall aims to bring together First Nations leaders, Health Canada officials, and technical experts to discuss updates on the cannabis industry and review the relevant legislation. The primary objective of the event is to explore and showcase the services and supports available for encouraging First Nations participation in the industry. The discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, November 22, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

This event will provide a platform to discuss the jurisdiction, First Nations policing, financial analysis for legislation implementation, and other regional topics. We welcome you to join us in advancing AFN Resolutions.

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  • Recognition and support of First Nations’ right to exercise complete jurisdiction over cannabis cultivation, processing and retail operations in First Nations territories (Resolutions 54/2019, 02/2018, and 90/2018).
  • Frameworks and incentives that support First Nations’ participation in the cannabis sector while respecting autonomy and sovereignty (Resolutions 54/2019, 90/2018, and 123/2016).
  • Direct benefit coverage for cannabis for medical purposes (Resolution 03/2017).
  • Support of cannabis as a part of a global Indigenous culture and rights (Resolution 48/2019).

The virtual town hall will provide additional input for the expert panel in their review and final report, which will be tabled in Parliament in March 2024.

If you need any accessibility accommodations, please indicate your requirements during the registration process.

Goals Virtual Cannabis Town Hall

Who should attend the Virtual Cannabis Town Hall?

  • First Nations Chiefs or their representatives in the health, economic development, legal and social development sectors
  • First Nations organizations and technicians working or interested in First Nations and the cannabis policy landscape
  • Industry academia and other non-governmental entities involved in First Nations and cannabis issues
  • Federal/Provincial/Territorial Government representatives


Virtual Cannabis Town Hall topics will include:

  • Legal analysis of jurisdiction
  • Health Canada / Expert Panel
  • Facilitated Session on the Legislative Review
  • Cannabis industry leaders/business perspective

Check the AFN website for the provisional agenda and other updates as we get closer to the date of the Forum at

How to Attend Find out how to register.


Please note that there is no registration fee.

The AFN invites you to register for the Virtual Cannabis Town Hall, November 22, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET.  

Registration Form

The Virtual Cannabis Town Hall will be held in online via Zoom. All participants are encouraged to pre-register. See below steps to register:

  • Register ONLINE at You will receive a confirmation email.
  • Download and complete the registration form from the link below and FAX it to Sacha LaBillois at 613-241-5808 or send by email to [email protected].

Please reach out if you require accessibility accommodations. Note this can be done within the registration process.

Contact Information

If you need assistance registering online, please email AFN’s Senior Policy Coordinator, Economic Development, Sacha LaBillois, [email protected].

For general information on the dialogue sessions, please email [email protected]

Documents Assembly of First Nations (AFN) – Virtual Cannabis Town Hall Documents

These are the latest documents for this event. Please check back here after the event for additional documents, or visit the Document Library for more.

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