Distribution list amounts x 3 examples.
Mission Statement Bringing Healing
Vision Community structures and
History and Growth of the QCS Summary
Communities in our Now its up to you
“catchment” Why the QCS
Sales figures for Iqaluit
Where the money goes
Economic breakdown (with
communities) for various
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, The Honourable Keith Peterson
P.C., M.P. MLA for Cambridge Bay
Health Canada P.O. Box 2450,
Brooke Claxton Building, Tunney's Cambridge Bay, NU X0B 0C0
Postal Locator: 0906C The Honourable Hunter Tootoo
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9 MLA for Iqaluit Centre
P.O. Box 2440,
The Honourable Iqaluit, NU X0A 0H0
Ann Meekitjuk Hanson
Commissioner of Nunavut The Honourable Peter Taptuna
Office of the Commissioner MLA for Kugluktuk
Box 2379 C/O Betty Ann Kadlu
Iqaluit, Nunavut X0A 0H0 P.O. Box 39,
Kugluktuk, NU X0B 0E0
The Honourable Eva Aariak The Honourable Tagak Curley
MLA for Iqaluit East MLA for Rankin Inlet North
P.O. Box 1150 P.O. Box 874,
Iqaluit, NU X0A 0H0 Rankin Inlet, NU X0C 0G0
The Honourable Louis Tapardjuk The Honourable Lorne Kusugak
MLA for Amittuq MLA for Rankin Inlet South – Whale
Igloolik, NU X0A 0L0 Cove
The Honourable Daniel Shewchuk Rankin Inlet, NU X0C 0G0
MLA for Arviat The Honourable James Arreak
Arviat, NU X0C 0E0 MLA for Uqqummiut
Clyde River, NU X0A 0E0
John Ningark Enuk Pauloosie
MLA for Akulliq MLA for Nattilik
General Delivery, P.O. Box 8,
Kugaaruk, NU X0B 1K0 Gjoa Haven, NU X0B 1J0
Moses Aupaluktuq Adamee Komoartok
MLA for Baker Lake MLA for Pangnirtung
Baker Lake, NU X0C 0A0 P.O. Box 36,
Pangnirtung, NU X0A 0R0
MLA for Hudson Bay Ron Elliott
P.O. Box 228, MLA for Quttiktuq
Sanikiluaq, NU X0A 0W0 P.O. Box 24,
Arctic Bay, NU X0A 0A0
MLA for Iqaluit West Fred Schell
P.O. Box 2529, MLA for South Baffin
Iqaluit, NU X0A 0H0 P.O. Box 156,
Cape Dorset, NU X0A 0C0
MLA for Nanulik James Arvaluk
General Delivery, MLA for Tununiq
Coral Harbour, NU X0C 0C0 P.O. Box 30
Pond Inlet, NU X0A 0S0
Baffin Region Abraham Kublu Kivalliq Region
Mayor of Pond Inlet
Niore Iqalukjuak Bob Leonard
Mayor of Arctic Bay Hanna Audlakiak Mayor of Arviat
Mayor of Qikiqtarjuaq
Cary Merritt David Aksawnee
Mayor of Cape Dorset Ludy Pudluk Mayor of Baker Lake
Mayor of Resolute Bay
Apiusie Apak Harry Tootoo
Mayor of Clyde River Joe Aragutina Mayor of Chesterfield Inlet
Mayor of Sanikiluaq
Meeka Kigutak Dorothy Ningeocheak
Mayor of Grise Fiord Kitikmeot Region Mayor of Coral Harbour
Ammie Kipsigak Syd Glawson John Hickes
Mayor of Hall Beach Mayor of Cambridge Bay Mayor of Rankin Inlet
Lucassie Ivalu Joanni Sallerina Donat Milortok
Mayor of Igloolik Mayor of Gjoa Haven Mayor of Repulse Bay
Elisapee Shiutiapik Makabe Nartok Percy Kabloona
Mayor of Iqaluit Mayor of Kugaaruk Mayor of Whale Cove
Jamesie Kootoo Ernie Bernhardt
Mayor of Kimmirut Mayor of Kugluktuk
Sakiasie Sowdlooapik Charlie Lyall
Mayor of Pangnirtung Mayor of Taloyoak
Our mission is to provide high quality
Medicinal cannabis and cannabis extract
products to the residents of Nunavut for
medical and scientific purposes at an
To create an acceptance, within Nunavut, of cannabis and
cannabis extracts as a legitimate alternative option for treating
illness and dis-ease of all kinds and for all people.
To develop a domestic source of supply and full service facility
within Nunavut to meet our need and to accumulate data
collection for medical and scientific reasons and purposes.
To contribute economically to the Nunavut Territory and the
communities within its borders through our services and
compassionate outreach program.
The following text and charts are meant to inform , educate and
stimulate action on behalf of the people of Nunavut . The topic is
controversial at best and yet one of relevant importance here in the
We , the authors , believe that the following program can be
adopted as a “Harm Reduction Strategy ” made in and for the
people of Nunavut.
The statistics of abuse are staggering in the North and we need to
have the courage necessary to create solutions that address
present and future needs and the desire of the People based on the
Realities of the North!
We have an opportunity to create a sustainable health , economic
and social education/development program that would be unique
to the world and a means of achieving a level of self- sustainability
for our communities and for the Territory as a whole.
We believe in the need to find creative new ways to combat the
severe issues of abuse in the North .
We believe a problem cannot be solved with the same mind that
created it ! Different methods are needed to achieve the desired
result of healthy people and communities.
We believe that can begin with a level of empowerment that
envelopes the person , the community and the Territory .
The reality is that a significant number of adults in the Territory ,
both Inuit and non Beneficiary use regularly or have used
Marijuana recreationally or as a form of self medication for any
variety of disease and disorders in great quantity for many years
Many Inuit Elders using this herb to ease aches and pains have
already identified themselves to the Society . Including some
from other more Northern communities who have already sought
out and used this service while in Iqaluit or through family liaison
support. Most have been using it for many year’s. All have blessed
this new ideal of providing this herb as Medicine at a reduced cost
and where appropriate , for free. (palliative care)
Another reality is the high cost and uncertain origin of this herb
have added significantly to higher stress levels , increased crime
against Elders , property thefts and other forms of increased
substance abuse . All negatively affecting our communities social
and economic health and well being!
Most of the enormous profits have left the communities and the
Territory while the problems have stayed here
Finally -The reality that we –the people – can turn this around!!
We can start here and now by opening our minds to allow for
change. The benefits are obvious and many ! They cannot be
We can REDUCE HARM SIGNIFICANTLY at a health , economic
and social level .
By recognizing the unique distinction we have as Northerners and
acting bravely , with the needs , desires and REALITYIES of the
People of Nunavut in mind.
We can significantly increase health care quality and services with
direct application of an access program for cannabis as well as
financial partnership for chronic and palliative supports. ie; air
travel & ground support , accommodation , in – home devices etc.
We cannot wait for Ottawa to act in our best interest! We need to
act together now as People of this Land and adopt our own
methods to combat the abuses we are so plagued by.
April 2009 – opened CIBC account for COU Best Plant Believers
May 2009 – applied for Iqaluit city business license to operate a
medical marijuana dispensary . Application denied.(federal
Opened Medical Marijuana dispensary as Church of the Universe
,Best Plant Believers Mission of Nunavut on June 1st 2009 with 1
employee and 0 members . Began documenting and registering
medically qualified applicants.(proof of diagnosis required)
Issued first “member “cards” for obtaining marijuana as
Developed first “control” mechanisms to stem program
abuse and be accountable.
First raid by RCMP Aug.14th 2009.Dispensary closed!
78 registered/validated members and up to 150 more interested
affected at time of raid!
Re-opened at new location 3rd week of Sept 2009.began re-
registration of old and registration of new members.
Placed add in paper with information for community contact.
Developed / Created new administrative and educational tools
Set up a closed network for information gathering/storage.
Formed the QCC (ad-hoc )and began forming a democratic
society early Oct. . All Nunavut Legal Registry guidelines
adopted . Minutes kept including all motions.
Started a Sunday morning men's group for anger management!
Up to 8 in regular attendance!!
Began conducting regular executive meetings and membership
Gathered approx.600 names on a petition intended for support
of this program by the people.
Registered with Nunavut Legal Registries December 14, 2009
with over 500 registered members .
Began re-registering members with photo ID for accountability
Maintained regular auditing of membership issues including
suspensions/revocations for those found re-selling.
Scheduled and conducted regular member meetings.
Upgraded internal systems of control and accounting.
Second raid by RCMP on Jan 29th with two executive members
arrested and charged with criminal offenses.
Re-opened Feb.8th 2010 assisting members in filling out MMAR
requests and setting Dr. appointments. Limited access to
medicine resumed.100 plus appointments booked – flooding the
Feb.18th 2010 all “general” membership services halted due to
RCMP perceived threat and intimidation around QCS
Executive members and dedicated volunteers are at present
continuing to operate a modified program of access for palliative
care , serious illness and Elders.
Member co-ordinators assigned to document reactions to
closing by Elders and general members.
Arctic Bay Clyde River Igloolik Pond Inlet Qikiqtaqju Resolute
Dorset Grise Fiord Hall Beach Kimmirut uuq Sanikiluaq
Total Total Total Total aq Bay
Total Total Total Total Total Total
Population Population Population Population Total Total
Population Population Population Population Population Population
690 820 1,540 1,315 Population Population
1,235 145 665 415 1,325 745
15-19 15-19 15-19 15-19
15-19 15-19 15-19 15-19 15-19 15-19
100 80 170 160 15-19 15-19
150 15 70 45 140 75
20-64 20-64 20-64 20-64 50 25
20-64 20-64 20-64 20-64 20-64 20-65
345 410 705 655 20-64 20-65
635 85 310 215 665 355
65-85+ 65-85+ 65-85+ 65-85+ 250 120
65-85+ 65-85+ 65-85+ 65-85+ 65-85+ 65-85+
15 25 35 25 65-85+ 65-85+
30 0 20 15 45 20
Actual figures represented – Weekly average net returns Monthly net returns
current sales (low average)
Iqaluit $30,000.00 $120,000.00
Based on the current trends and knowledge of demand in Yearly net return!!
Wages (up to 15 employee’s) Medicine
@ $20-$25hr for 44hrs. Emergency
Off site accounting service accommodations
Volunteers honorarium Airfares for funerals and family
Local Utilities Resources centre
Municipal Services Development & Research
Advertising Member services
Donations Police seizures!!!!!!
Social and Family support
Community Weekly Monthly
Iqaluit (current low actual) $30,000.00 $120,000.00
12 Baffin Communities (estimated consumption) $108,000.00 $432,000.00
Based on actual knowledge of demand! Per one Year
Combined $6,624,000.00 net return to Nunavut
Community Week Month
Iqaluit $45,000.00 $180,000.00
12 Baffin Communities $180,000.00 $720,000.00
Per one Year
Community Week Month
Iqaluit $60,000.00 $240,000.00
12 Baffin Communities $252,000.00 $1,008,000.00
Figures based on knowledge of trade Per year with expected program
and actual sales. popularity and acceptance.
Combined net projected totals that are based on “the reality” $14,976,000.00
Over 6 million dollars put back into the local economy in
Iqaluit alone the first year!
Dollars that will be spent on local products , services
, community development and families in Nunavut .
Employment and volunteer opportunities for Inuit.
Educational and Vocational opportunities for Inuit.
Financial partnerships to improve health care services for
Inuit , Elders and families!
Harm Reduction from alcohol abuse , spousal abuse , Elder
abuse resulting in lowered suicide rates and violence.
Less economic stress for lower income groups! (Elders)
Youth Land Program Neighbourhood
Sponsorship – food watch
equipment , clothing Elder/Youth Healing
On-Site counselling Circles.
and referral Men’s Anger
service/assistance. Management Group.
Food bank & soup Women’s Groups
With the combined common knowledge and statistics of
abuse of every kind in Nunavut how can any one of us NOT WANT
to do SOMTHING Better for our children and grandchildren?
Marijuana has been used to abuse us socially and economically for
years by greedy people without our best interest in mind .
I t has now become a self abuse as we continue to be partner in the
ways that created the problems associated with the abuse.
High cost , limited/questionable quality ,contamination limited
availability and inappropriate drug policies dictated by Ottawa.
Now is the time to change that because we can!
The only resource lacking is a willingness to change !
The only barrier an unjust law that infringes on our human rights!
We can challenge the currently prohibitive laws in order to create a
positive new way of doing things here in and on Our Land !
By accepting Marijuana as a medicine and tool for social
reform of abuse through Harm Reduction we can
take the first real steps to empowering the people and
beginning the healing process.
We believe a made in Nunavut Harm Reduction – Medical access
program would result in lowered crime rates , less domestic abuse ,
less theft and property crime , less Elder abuse , less substance
abuse and LESS SUICIDES!!
We also believe adopting this program would result in
increased health , better family economics , opportunities for
education and employment , resulting in healing in our
communities and at home in Iqaluit.
As a source for food , fuel , fibre or as Medicine , the hemp family
of plants Has NO equal and we could use existing knowledge in
developing alternative fuel and food supplies in our uncertain
Our figures as well as statements we have made are merely a basic
summary of what we already know to be true . They represent only
Iqaluit(actual) and 12 of the Hamlets (estimated).
Each community in Nunavut has approx. the same per capita
average of people who use this herb currently . Most of the money
from sales currently is directed back down south and into the hands
of a few mostly criminally associated individuals and groups .
The profits have been staggering and our best efforts to stem this
abuse have failed and are failing . Prohibition does not work!
The current ,made in Ottawa ,Policies have the affect of driving
the prices higher and increasing all the negative aspects of abuse
in our communities.
Only a dramatic effort can turn this around and it is up to you and I
to act now and with courage to bring about the change we need to
begin a new way of addressing the realities of life here in Nunavut
We need to adopt a “made in Nunavut Harm Reduction Policy” and
create our own methods for easier , affordable access to this herb as
medicine and as a way to social well being.
WE can make this happen only through consensus and we believe
that consensus would fall on the side of change like the one being
proposed here! Political history and the local reception by Iqaluit
residents clearly indicate that to be the true.
Follow the peoples lead and act with courage! Our charts and
analysis are a barometer to that lead.
Contact the Society and begin talks of how we can make this
happen in partnership for healing Our Land .
Allow us to partner in drafting and implementing a unique ,
made in Nunavut Harm Reduction Program.
Work together to create a program in harmony with the
direction of the people we are working for in service .
Adopt new laws for Nunavut!
Open new channels for opportunities and creative thinking.
The QCS is a made in Nunavut Compassionate Society , duly
registered with the Nunavut legal registries on Dec.14th 2009.
The current founding executive committee is greater than 50%
Inuit and the current membership of over 500 is approximately
75% Inuit. ( actual stats. available)
The QCS has worked diligently to create a model and example
of how an illicit market for illegal drugs can be re-created as a
benefit in our community meeting the needs of the peoples and
QCS has kept meticulous records of members and sales for the
past 7 months and developed safeguards and protocols to reduce
abuse of the service.ie; re-selling for profit on the street
QCS has developed screening tools and other objects of
administration to accommodate legitimacy , transparency and
QCS has developed a good working relationship and contract
with a Health Canada approved supplier of guaranteed
medicinal grade marijuana insuring the highest degree of
quality ,strain selection and support.
QCS can supply educational support about cannabis as medicine
ie; strain selection ,ingestion methods , active elements and
effects and current research information.
QCS can supply greater strain selection and better quality
marijuana than is currently available from Health Canada and
Prairie Plant Systems Inc.(2 strains mixed Indica / Sativa).
QCS and its members have the knowledge about this medicine
that can best benefit the people . Knowledge gained in the school
QCS and its members are dedicated to change and dedicated to
that change for the sake of Our Land and its People !
QCS has the ability and resources to set-up and supply each
community as independent dispensers . This keeps the money at
home! The cash stays in the community!!!
QCS can train , help hire and screen staff and give information
seminars to community groups .
QCS will work to develop a domestic source to increase
profitability and create new jobs and resources for Nunavut and
QCS will act as liaison to Health Canada on behalf of individuals
applying for Section 56 exemptions thereby relieving the
administrative demand on conventional health care services.