Wiisag Corporation, an integrated Indigenous cannabis company headquartered at Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation (Chippewas of Nawash Unceded) in Ontario, has received a letter from Health Canada stating the company is at the Confirmation of Readiness stage, effective immediately.
“We are thrilled to receive this notice from Health Canada. Now we can truly begin our journey in the cannabis industry,” said Jake Linklater, executive chairman of Wiisag.
“We continue to persevere through the rigorous process, diligently working to address and comply with the Cannabis Act and regulations. It is very rewarding to achieve this major milestone in time to get a crop in the ground this year.”
“This is a big step towards building an Indigenous company that can compete in the global cannabis industry,” said Joel Strickland, Wiisag CEO. “We have listened carefully to chiefs, councillors, Elders, and youth to hear community concerns and hopes for cannabis and we have incorporated a lot of these teachings into our plans. We have also listened carefully to capital providers and other industry stakeholders. The harmonization of different perspectives into an actionable plan is one of the many things that make Wiisag unique.”
“From Day One, we have been committed to executing a scalable outdoor grow plan on reserve. We have assembled an exceptional technical team to execute our business plan and we are grateful for their efforts to get us to this stage,” Linklater concluded, “We now look forward to working with First Nations communities and Indigenous entrepreneurs as we execute our plan and create good jobs and opportunity as we grow.”
“This confirmation from Health Canada demonstrates that there are formal inroads for First Nations to get involved in Canada’s cannabis industry. We need to keep collaborating toward these types of successes,” said Isadore Day, director of Community and Government Relations.