July 24, 2018

Dear Chiefs, Councils and Senior Managers

Re: National Indigenous Cannabis & Hemp Conference

On behalf of the Tsuut’ina Nation, I wish to personally invite you to the first National Indigenous Cannabis & Hemp Conference to be held on November 18-21, 2018, at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino on the Tsuut’ina Nation.

The passage of Bill C-45 legalizing recreational cannabis has created much debate within First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities. The social, economic and health benefits will have an impact on each of our communities for generations to come.

It is important that we are all fully informed as to how the legalization of cannabis will affect our communities, from health and safety, to economic benefits, to our treaty rights and sovereignty.

This will be the first cannabis conference to feature leading Indigenous experts from the medical, legal, and business communities with proven experience in cannabis & hemp. The conference will include two days of in-depth presentations and panels, followed by an optional day to visit local cultivation, medical, and retail operations.

The opportunities for Indigenous communities are boundless. We invite you to join us at Grey Eagle to gather the information and ask the questions required to make responsible decisions for your community.

Further details and pre-registration is available at www.NICHC.ca.



While Bill C – 45 creates tremendous economic opportunity for the country, it also created unprecedented social and political concerns for Indigenous communities. As raised at a recent BC Assembly of First Nations cannabis meeting with Health Canada, the legislation was passed without providing Indigenous communities “the opportunity to be compliant” within the current Federal framework.

Without adequate engagement and consultation, Indigenous communities have been left unprepared. The issues behind Bill C-45 and First Nations become that much more complex once sovereignty, land and treaty rights, self-government, community wellness, economic development, jobs and training, policing and enforcement, etc., come into play.

The First National Indigenous Cannabis & Hemp Conference is designed to address these questions. It is also designed to created a valuable networking opportunity for those Nations looking to enter into business relationships with other Nations and industry experts.

Our panels of leading Indigenous cannabis experts from the fields of medicine, business, law, economic and policy development will address the questions your communities should be asking.

This is a must-attend event if your Nation is seeking answers to the opportunities and potential pitfalls behind cannabis and hemp.

Do not miss out…Register today!


Howard Silver
Conference Chair
National Indigenous Cannabis & Hemp Conference



Gain invaluable insight as a delegate!

This is a must-attend event if your community is considering the pros and cons of the cannabis and hemp industry to create economic diversification, promote harm reduction, drive revenues, and generate job opportunities.




Registration Now Open!

Click here for Delegate information & registration
Click here for Exhibitor information & registration



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  • Cannabis & Hemp 101
  • Costs & Benefits
  • Economic & Sustainable Development
  • Federal Framework
  • Harm Reduction
  • Industry Overview
  • Inter-Jurisdictional Differences
  • Job Training and Career Opportunities
  • Policing & Law Enforcement
  • Questions Communities Should Be Asking?
  • Retail Opportunities
  • Risk Management
  • Social Responsibility
  • Success Stories
  • Taxation & Excise
  • Treaty & Sovereignty
  • The Business of Hemp
  • Youth Leadership

Optional Site Tours:

We will be facilitating optional site tours of local area Licensed Producers, Medical Clinics and Retail storefronts. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

Venue: Tsuut’ina Grey Eagle Resort & Casino

Grey Eagle Resort and Casino is one of Calgary’s newest entertainment destinations complete with luxury accommodations, entertainment centre, conference facilities and casino. We offer our guests professionally conducted, exciting entertainment in a unique environment overlooking the magnificent Canadian Rockies.


2:00pm – 8:00pm Delegate Registration – Grey Eagle Hotel & Event Centre
6:30pm – 9:00pm Opening Reception – Grey Eagle Hotel
7:00am – 8:45am Delegate Registration – Grey Eagle Hotel & Event Centre
8:45 am – 5:00pm Conference Day 1 – Grey Eagle Event Centre

5:00pm – 10:00pm Casino night!!
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

7:00am – 8:45am Breakfast
8:45 am – 5:00pm Conference Day 2 – Grey Eagle Event Centre
7:30pm – 10:00pm Dinner Banquet & Show (separate ticket – purchased at registration)
9:00am – 1:00pm [OPTIONAL] Site Tours (on Registration form) $125.00 per person
Buses depart from Grey Eagle Resort. Price includes transportation, Bag Lunch and Tourmust be booked before November 1. Destinations include a choice of Licensed Producer Facilities, Medical Clinics or Retail Storefront

TRADE SHOW HOURS: Monday & Tuesday, 8:30am – 5:00pm
For booking travel, please use the generalized timetable of the conference as outlined above. A detailed agenda will be posted when finalized.

Air Canada and West Jet have issued discount codes for flights into Calgary. We hope you will be able to take advantage of these discounts with our compliments. Links are included with this information below.

AIR CANADA – An Official Airline of NICHC 2018
Promotion Code: 7UTBPRU1

Thank you for choosing Air Canada as the official airline for the National Indigenous Cannabis & Hemp Conference, in Calgary, which will be held Friday, November 16, 2018 to Friday, November 23, 2018.
This a promotion code for the convention product. To book a flight with your promotion code, access aircanada.com and enter your promotion code in the search panel.

• The booking is to be made to the following city: Calgary, YYC (AB)
• The travel period begins Saturday, November 10, 2018 and ends Saturday, December 01, 2018.
• Travel is valid Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
• No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S. For International travel (destinations outside North America), discounts apply to all fares including Tango.
• Please ensure that you read all Terms & Conditions on the website

WESTJET – An Official Airline of NICHC 2018

Thank you for choosing WestJet for your travel plans. We are happy to confirm that for the upcoming National Indigenous Cannabis & Hemp Conference, we are able to offer 5% off Econo* and Flex and 10% off Plus base fares for Domestic Travel and 2% off Econo*, 5% off Flex and 10% off Plus base fares for guests travelling Trans-border** between Calgary and anywhere WestJet flies in North America (including our Delta code-share partner network). To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code listed. Please visit www.westjet.com/conventions to make a booking online.

Travel from: November 12 – 27, 2018

Coupon code: G32ZV85
Promo code: WAA85

*Travel Agents: use only WAA85 – if booking in GDS please use Promo Code

Thanks for being our guest, and we hope your group has a great trip.

For Support please call 1-888-937-8538
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MT
Closed Statutory Holidays

*Econo (Lowest) is excluded from discount. **Discount codes are valid for travel on the dates indicated above. Percentage discount is applied to base fare. Taxes, fees and charges are extra. The base fare may be represented as Air Transportation Charges (excepting Other Air Transportation Charges) in the booking flow. Other air transportation charges, taxes, fees and charges are not discounted. Discount codes are intended for use by the event attendees and organizers only. Distribution to any outside third parties or unauthorized channel is prohibited. Discount can be used for a one-way or round-trip booking. Discount cannot be applied towards multi-city bookings. Only one discount code may be used per booking. Seasonal start and end dates may apply. No cash value. Non-refundable. Discount only applies to flights marketed and operated wholly by WestJet, WestJet Encore, WestJet Link, and Delta flights marketed by WestJet via codeshare. It is not applicable when traveling with our other code-share, interline or other airline partners. New bookings only. Offer is limited and subject to availability. No cash value. Non-refundable and non-transferable. Discount cannot be used towards the purchase of a Member Exclusive fare or the purchase of a WestJet Vacations package. Discount cannot be combined with any other discount codes or companion voucher bookings. WestJet dollars, Travel Bank and gift cards cannot be used as a form of payment. Any changes or cancellations to discount code bookings must be made by calling 1-888-937-8538. If the booking is changed or cancelled, the discount will no longer apply. Other restrictions may apply and are subject to change at any time. WestJet’s fares, schedules and policies, and any and all equipment used in connection with the provision of the meetings and conventions travel services may be changed or terminated by WestJet at any time and for any reason, in each case without notice or liability. WestJet may terminate or reduce flights to any event city at any time and for any reason without notice or liability



NICHC Accommodations:

Hotel and meal packages have been negotiated with the three conference hotels listed below.

Each package includes:
– accommodations
– two breakfasts at the property you are staying at
– Conference Meal Plan (incl. two lunches and two coffee breaks at the Grey Eagle Resort on each day of the conference)

Online reservations: See below for links to each property. When calling hotel reservations, please indicate that you are with the NICHC Cannabis Conference. Please book before the cut off dates to avoid price increases.

* If not staying at the Grey Eagle Casino & Hotel, shuttle buses will run from The Delta Hotel South & Blackfoot Inn to the Grey Eagle Resort for 2 hours at the beginning and end of each day.

Grey Eagle Casino & Hotel
3777 Grey Eagle Dr. SW
Calgary, Alberta
T3E 3X8
(403) 719-8883 Hotel
(844) 719-8883 Reservations

Reservation link:
Grey Eagle Resort & Casino
*located onsite at conference location

Delta Hotels by Marriott Calgary South*
135 Southland Drive S.E.
Calgary, Alberta
T2J 5X5
(403) 278-5050 Hotel

Reservation link:
Book your group rate for National Indigenous Cannabis & Hemp Conference (NICHC)
*13 minute drive or shuttle

Blackfoot Inn*
5940 Blackfoot Trail S.E.
Calgary, Alberta
T2H 2B5
(403) 252-2253 / (800) 661-1151

Reservation link:
*10 minute drive or shuttle




The National Indigenous Cannabis & Hemp Conference Trade Show will take place on Monday, November 19th and Tuesday, November 20th, 2019. Show hours are 8:30am – 5:00pm each day. The trade show will be fully integrated into the conference to encourage engagement and discussions between exhibitors and First Nations entrepreneurs and decision makers.

This will be an unprecedented opportunity to generate brand awareness for your products and services as well as network and develop new business client relationships in the largest cannabis market in Canada. Chiefs, Council Members, Economic Development Managers, Law Enforcement, Health Officers, business people, social service agencies and organizations from indigenous communities across the country will all be in attendance.

Conference Partners:
We are pleased to offer our corporate supporters the opportunity to gain more exposure to conference delegates and industry through our Partnership Program. Partnerships of $10K or more also include booth space, delegate registration and meal plans.
Click here to learn more and Register in our Partnership Program

Exhibitor booths:
Booth space is likely to be limited as we allocate booths preferentially to our Partnership Program (which includes booth space). When available, basic booth price will be $1995.00 for an 8 x 8 booth space including skirted table & 2 Chairs (plus taxes)
Click here to Register as an Exhibitor

Meal plans:
Delegate meal plans are included in the rates at our conference hotels, (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and coffee breaks). If not staying in one of the conference hotels, meal plans must be purchased separately (see registration form).



Accounting Firms
Agri-Science Specialist
Banking Industry
Cannabusiness Professionals
Construction & Facility Specialists
Data Specialist
Economic Development Consultants
Federal, Provincial, Municipal Agencies

Finance Professionals
Hemp Producers
Hydroponic Suppliers
HVAC Services
Industrial Equipment
Information Technology Professionals
Insurance Professionals
Laboratory Services
Legal Professionals

Licensed Producers
Lighting Consultants
Packaging Specialist
Security Specialist
Social Service Support Agencies
Retail Services
Risk Management Consultants


Conference Pricing

NICHC Conference Registration includes admission to:

Welcome Reception (Sunday, Nov. 18)
Both Conference Days and all sessions (Mon. & Tues, Nov. 19 & 20)
Trade Show (Mon. & Tues, Nov. 19 & 20)

** Please note, you will also need to purchase a meal plan if you are not purchasing a Conference Hotel Package. Prices below are per person and do not include applicable taxes or fees.

Registration Fees:

Elder or Senior $495.00
Nation/Community Member $795.00
Non-Indigenous/Government/Corporate $895.00

Not Included:

Closing Banquet & Show – Nov. 20th $   69.95
Meal Plans (only needed if not staying at conference hotel) $   175.00
Optional Facility Tours
* * * S O L D * * * O U T * * *
(*choice of Retail Operation, Medical Clinic, Licensed Producer)
$ 125.00 *must register before Oct 15


National Indigenous Cannabis and Hemp Conference (NICHC)

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