After the Ontario Provincial Police raided six illicit dispensaries located outside Oneida of the Thames Nation (near London, ON), protestors affiliated with dispensaries from the community occupied a Band Council administration building.
London Free Press
- The reserve itself is currently closed to outsiders due to COVID-19, meaning dispensaries cannot sell to non-Native customers as they usually do. Many of the protestors were connected to a group of dispensaries on land belonging to the Nation but located off the reserve, within OPP jurisdiction.
- On Thursday, claiming the Nation’s Chief and Council requested their intervention, the OPP raided the off-reserve dispensaries and charged six. Apparently enraged by claims that Chief and Council collaborated with the OPP, protestors stormed an administration building. They were accused of intimidating staff and damaging property.
- Chief Jessica Hill denied those OPP claims, saying she didn’t call the police and was not warned about the raid.