Henvey Inlet First Nation

Chief's Special Newsletter Proposed Land Law on Cannabis Use, Sale and Production within our lands

When cannabis was legalized in the fall of 2018, Band Council responded to community concerns by issuing a moratorium on the sale and production of cannabis within our reserves until the members had an opportunity to become better informed and to express their views through a community vote.

We have since had a number of community meetings for information purposes, and it appears that at least some members are in favor of allowing properly regulated use, sale and production on our lands. Band Council has accordingly prepared a draft cannabis land law dealing with these matters for your consideration. Although Council has authority under the Land Code to enact this land law without a community vote, we also have the authority to put anything that is contentious to a community vote if we think it is advisable, and that is what we are doing on this draft land law.

The proposed Henvey Inlet First Nation Cannabis Land Law 2021, which is available from the Band Administration Office or on our First Nation website, does three main things:

  • It defines areas where cannabis cannot be used, such as inside and around band buildings and in band vehicles. This will reduce the exposure of children to cannabis use and ensure members who do not wish to participate in cannabis use and lifestyle are not forced to do so, and is essential for workplace safety.
  • It requires an HIFN land use permit for any cannabis grow-ops and for cannabis stores, which only be on land leased from the First Nation, not CP or CE land. This is so that everybody in the community can share in the benefit of any production facility or store through band rental income. Application fees will be sued for our drugs and addictions programming.
  • It requires any producer or seller of cannabis to have all necessary provincial and federal licences and authorizations, in addition to a HIFN land use permit and lease, before they can operate. This will ensure that only reputable and law-abiding businesses can operate in our community, and ensure the quality of product that is sold or grown within our reserves.

Meeting of Members to discuss the draft land law will be held at the Fire Hall, Pickerel River Road, French River Reserve No. 13, on two dates:
Sunday, 17 October 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm, and Tuesday, 19 October 2021 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Voting will be by mail in ballot and in person on Sunday, 24 October 2021 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, or by mail-in ballot received by Scott Jacobs, the Voting Officer, on or before noon on Friday, 22 October 2021. Ballots will be sent to all members by mail shortly.

If you have any questions or require any further information in the meantime, please contact me or Councillor Doreen McKenzie at the Band Administration Office, or send in the Feedback Form included in the Notice package you will receive shortly and the Lands Advisory Committee will follow up with you.

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Statement of the Votes Henvey Inlet First Nation March 23, 2023

Elected CandidatesHenvey Inlet First Nation Statement of Votes March 23 2023

To the Office of Chief:

McQuabbie, M. Wayne

Number of valid ballots cast for chief: 392

Number of rejected ballots for chief: 2

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Draft Membership Code Community Consultation April 12 2023 Membership Notice

Draft Membership Code Community Consultation April 12 2023 Membership Notice


To: Voting Members of Henvey Inlet First Nation

From: Membership Committee

Date: 2023-03-08

Re: Draft Membership Code Community Consultation

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Job Postings

Ontario Works Administrator

Henvey Inlet First Nation is seeking a full-time Ontario Works Administrator to join our Administration. The Ontario Works Administrator reports to the Director of Finance/Administration and is responsible for the financial management and administration of the Social Assistance Program to ensure effective, efficient and accurate operations in accordance with the Ontario Works (OW) directives and current legislation. The Ontario Works Administrator is also responsible for assessing eligibility requirements of applicants seeking assistance based on the Ontario Works Act. This position requires exceptional organizational and interpersonal communication skills.

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Community Access Worker

Henvey Inlet First Nation is currently seeking a full-time Community Access Worker to join our Administration. The Community Access Worker reports to the Band Representative Lead and is responsible for facilitating and supervising access visits for families with children in care. This position requires strong observational and analytical skills and exceptional interpersonal communication skills.

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General Carpenter

Pickerel Contracting Ltd. is currently seeking a full-time General Carpenter to join our team. The General Carpenter reports to the Site Supervisor and is responsible for assisting with construction and maintaining residences and buildings. The General Carpenter will also assist with building, restoring and/or installing of structural woodwork and related materials of active projects. This position requires excellent physical stamina and a strong work ethic.

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Health News

Notice for Off-Reserve Members 

re: medical transportation

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Non-Insured health benefits – Program Updates

Non Insured Health Benefits has monthly updates and are posted to their website. Please click the following link to see the monthly updates and changes. https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1578079214611/1578079236012

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Medical Van Schedule

For the clients who utilize the Medical Transportation Vehicle, this is a reminder that your appointments are to be booked for 10:00 am at the earliest and 2:30 pm the latest for either Sudbury, Parry Sound or Britt appointments!!!

Appointments will not be added unless between these times!!

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