One educational kit to one of Canada’s Indigenous communities says marijuana makes it harder to learn, CBC News reported on Monday.
One CBC News staff member, who listened to an audio Chipewyan-language summary, said it described how cannabis slows reaction times, negatively affects young people’s brains, makes it harder to learn, and can be addictive.
It also said that drinking while smoking cannabis is a bad idea.
Meanwhile, a community leader told CBC News in an interview published Monday that he wants more public information on the proposed cannabis laws in his Indigenous language, Tilcho, as Canada’s marijuana legalization looms.
“We really need to inform the public. And it shouldn’t be up to the community governments to pick up that cost,” Chief Clifford Daniels of Behchoko told CBC.
Both the Government of the Northwest Territories (N.W.T) and Health Canada said communities like Daniels’ will get what they need.
So far, N.W.T has translated and recorded two-minute audio excerpts of the Cannabis Talk Kit. The kit was produced after Health Canada partnered with Drug-Free Kids on a Cannabis; it gives information about its health effects and explains the current laws.
These kits are in Chipewyan, Gwich’in, North Slavey, Tlicho, and Inuinnaqtun. There are 60 distinct Indigenous languages in Canada, falling into 10 separate language families.
There are more to come, but it is a matter of tracking down some more translators, CBC News reported.
However, finding a Cree translator has been particularly difficult. The language is spoken by approximately 117,000 people.