Explore BC Indigenous Licensed Producers
June 21st marks National Indigenous Peoples Day. In honour of this day, BC Cannabis Stores is celebrating Indigenous licensed producers, and in particular, those that participate in the BC Indigenous Cannabis Product (BCICP) program.
In January 2022, BC Cannabis Stores launched the BC Indigenous Cannabis Product (BCICP) program, which aims to support BC-based Indigenous cannabis producers’ participation in the non-medical cannabis market by highlighting their products to customers in-store and online. This designation applies to federally licensed cannabis cultivators and processors that have at least 51 per cent Indigenous ownership and whose facilities are located in British Columbia.
Meet the licensed producers who have registered products as part of the BCICP program:
Pow Wow Cannabis – Pow Wow by Sugar Cane Cannabis is Canada’s first Indigenous micro-cultivator licensed by Health Canada. Their state-of-the-art facility is located in the heart of Secwepemc Territory in Williams Lake, BC where they are wholly owned by the Williams Lake First Nation. Pow Wow’s mission is to provide high-quality, sustainably grown cannabis that respects their ancestors’ land, people, and traditional values. Striving to create a positive impact in their community by creating jobs and economic opportunities for Indigenous peoples, a portion of every Pow Wow sale goes towards supporting the Indigenous peoples of Williams Lake. Learn more about them on their website at www.powwowcannabis.ca.
All Nations – Led by an Indigenous collective on Stó:lō Traditional Territory in Chilliwack, BC, All Nations is paving the way for meaningful Indigenous participation in the licensed cannabis industry. Weaving traditional Indigenous values with industry-leading cultivation methods to craft quality cannabis that is all natural, hang dried, and hand trimmed, they aspire to be the largest Indigenous cannabis company that delivers prosperity and social impact to Indigenous communities. All Nations prioritizes Indigenous employment and currently employs more than 75 per cent of its workforce from the surrounding Stó:lō First Nation communities. Their profit-sharing approach further provides communities with their own-source revenues, empowering them to fund important initiatives within their respective Nations. Learn more about them on their website at www.allnationscanna.ca
18twelve: Reserve – Part of United Greeneries, located in Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, 18twelve: Reserve are legacy growers and entrepreneurs who are wholeheartedly dedicated to delivering traditional craft BC bud. In their endeavor to honour deep-rooted traditions, they are proud to be 51 per cent owned and connected with Cowichan Tribes. They have also forged meaningful partnerships with other Indigenous growers like All Nations, and together their values and offerings are united with strength being drawn from their diverse heritage. Learn more about them on their website at www.unitedgreeneries.ca
JBuds Craft Cannabis - Located in Summerland, BC, JBuds is a family-run, indigenous-owned company deeply rooted in the community. Their skilled team honours their cultural heritage by promoting sustainability and environmental stewardship while giving back to the community and supporting Indigenous causes. Learn more about them on their website at www.jbuds.ca
BC Cannabis Inc – Is a majority First Nations owned and operated cannabis cultivation company located on Vancouver Island in Sooke, BC. They utilize their expert growing knowledge and hydroponic (soil-less) growing methods to their craft cannabis with the goal to empower and giveback to First Nations communities. Learn more about them on their website at www.bccann.com
Indigenous producers and cultivators interested in participating in the BCICP program can find out more here www.bcldbcannabisupdates.com/BCICP