Songhees Nation has opened a new cannabis retail store, Seed & Stone — Songhees Edition.
In June, Songhees Nation Chief, Ron Sam, and City of Victoria Mayor, Lisa Helps, cut the ceremonial ribbon.
The newly opened Seed & Stone – Songhees Edition will be co-owned by Songhees Nation and owner-operator Vikram Sachdeva.
The shop will include gallery-quality showcases of Indigenous art and cultural pieces that promote Indigenous tourism, featuring Jessica Joseph, an Indigenous artist from lək̓ʷəŋən.
The first of two downtown cannabis stores opened at 901 Gordon Street this week; the second Seed & Stone will open in the Bay Centre later this summer.
Songhees Nation chose Vikram Sachdeva, owner-operator of Seed & Stone, to guide the Nation with their new cannabis business ventures.
“Out of friendship has grown a business partnership that will help support the economic goals of the Songhees Nation,” said Sachdeva.
“This is important to me and I look forward to sharing what I have learned over my career knowing that I too will expand my knowledge and play an active role in helping shape a more prosperous future for Chief Sam’s community members.”
Chief Ron Sam said the potential for these businesses to generate wealth is important for Songhees Nation and said that Vikram’s values and business practices align with Songhees Nations’.
“Vikram and Songhees Nation are strongly aligned in our values and business goals. His record of corporate citizenship and regulatory compliance speaks to some of the many strengths that he brings to our partnership,” said Chief Sam.
“We thank Mayor Helps, Victoria Council and the community for their confidence and support of our Nation’s desire to participate once again in the economies of our Lekwungen homelands as equals.”
Seed & Stone said they work to create a safe and convenient place to promote cannabis education and responsibility to support informed cannabis use through community outreach.
Seed & Stone — Songhees Edition
Where: 901 Gordon Street
When: Open daily, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.