November 24, 2018

Dear Chiefs, Councils and Senior Managers

Re: National Indigenous Cannabis & Hemp Conference

Following the success of our inaugural conference Nov.18-21 on the Tsuut’ina Nation, we wish to personally invite you to the second National Indigenous Cannabis & Hemp Conference to be held on February 19-21, 2019, at the The Shaw Centre in Ottawa.

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 to gather the information and ask the questions required to make responsible decisions for your community.

Further details and pre-registration will be available soon at



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


Speakers – February 2019, Ottawa

Learn from Leading Indigenous Experts!

Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor was elected in October 2015 as an M.P. in the riding of Moncton…

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Chief Gina Deer, Kahnawà:ke Nation

Gina Deer is serving her third term as an elected member of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke.

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Former Chief Isadore Day

A former Regional Chief of Ontario, Lake Huron Region Grand Chief and Vice Chair the North Shore Tribal Council…

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Grand Chief Joseph Norton

Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
Joseph Tokwiro Norton has been a leader in his community of Kahnawà:ke…

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Jake Linklater

Executive Chairman & Co-Founder
Wiisag Corporation

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Dr. Shelley Turner MD CCFP

Pimicikamak FN (Cross Lake) Mb., Addiction & Harm Reduction Specialist, Founder & Chief Medical Officer…

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Grant McLeod

Co-Founder of Seven Oaks and SVP, Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel for Beleave

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Chief Christian Sinclair

Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Co-Chair Manitoba Norther Economic Development Strategy, Director National Access…

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Dr. Neil McKinney, BSc, ND,

Prof, of Naturopathic Medicine and Naturopathic Oncology…

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Todd Cain

Director General, Licensing and Medical Access, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch at Health Canada

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Minister Bill Blair

Minister of Border Security & Crime Reduction

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Chief Glenn Hudson

Peguis First Nation

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Georges Routhier

Georges is a pioneer in the regulated marijuana business in Canada and his company, PipeDreemz Inc.,

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Lorraine M. White

Vice President & General Counsel
Seven Leaf

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Alex Abellan

As CEO of Chakra Cannabis and founder of National Access Cannabis, Alex is dedicated to putting Canada on the world…

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Elder – Irene Lindsay

Irene is a Wolf Clan descendant, originally from the Cree/Sioux community of Wakaw, Saskatchewan. As a youth…

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Ernie Daniels

Member of the Salt River First Nation, NWT, Ernie Daniels is a Certified General Accountant and a Certified Aboriginal…

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Ian Campeau

Cannabis Advocate, Founding Member “A Tribe Called Red’

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Mohan Denetto

Director General Economic and Business Opportunities, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

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Jennifer Caldwell

Cannabis License Expertsis a compliance solutions provider consisting of in-house professionals with extensive Cannabis…

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Francine Whiteduck

Algonquin from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nationand founder of Whiteduck Resources Inc.,

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Efstathia (Effie) Kiatos

Research Specialist at Thunderbird Partnership Foundation with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Master …

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Rachelle Maskell

Research Writer and Knowledge Exchange Specialist at Thunderbird Partnership Foundation

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David Sharpe

Mohawk of the Bay of Quinte (Tyendinaga) CEO, Bridging Finance.

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Laurie Vaughan

First nation entrepreneur from the Ulkatcho First Nation

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Ray Wanuch

Executive Director CANDO

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Steven Teed

Tribal Council Member Adams Lake band, CEO Green Future Industries

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Wade McAdam

Kikino Métis Settlement
Founder, CanWest Hemp Corp
Industry & Indigenous Rights…..

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Roland Bellerose

Cannabis and Hemp Indigenous Consortium Canada- CHICC

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Alison Gordon

Chief Executive Office, 48North Cannabis Corp.

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Naomi Nicholson

Tseshaht First Nation’s Naomi Nicholson is a Medicine Woman …

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Cherie Brant

Cherie is a partner in Dickinson Wright’s Toronto office. She has First Nations law practice…

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Dr. Stuart Titus

Medical Marijuana Inc. Cannabis industry icon and innovator.

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Renu Kulendran

Exec. Dir. Ontario Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat

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Mary Shaw

Exec.. Dir. B.C. Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat

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Brenda Zurba

Tribal Wi-Chi-Way-Win Capital Corporation // la Société de financement de la tribu Wi-Chi-Way-Win

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  • Cannabis & Hemp 101
  • Costs & Benefits
  • Economic & Sustainable Development
  • Federal Framework
  • Harm Reduction
  • Industry Overview
  • Questions Communities Should Be Asking?
  • Retail Opportunities
  • Risk Management
  • Social Responsibility
  • Success Stories
  • The Business of Hemp

Optional Site Tours:

We will be facilitating an optional site tour of Canopy Growth in Smith Falls ON. Pre-registration is required.
Click here to register.

Conference VenueThe Shaw Centre – 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa ON, K1N9J2
Hotel VenueThe Westin Hotel – 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa ON K1N 9H4
(Note: The Conference Centre and hotel are connected with an indoor pedestrian walkway)

Direct link to the Hotel Reservations


2:00pm – 8:00pm Delegate Registration – The Shaw Centre
6:30pm – 9:00pm Opening Reception – The Shaw Centre
7:00am – 8:45am Delegate Registration – The Shaw Centre
8:45 am – 5:00pm Conference Day 1 – The Shaw Centre

7:00pm – 11:00pm Banquet evening featuring Comedian Howie Miller
8:45 am – 5:00pm Conference Day 2 – The Shaw Centre
9:00am – 1:00pm [OPTIONAL] Site Tours (on Registration form) $125.00 per person
Buses depart from The Westin Hotel. Price includes transportation, bag lunch and Tour. Must be booked before February 15, 2019. Destination is the Canopy Growth Facility in Smith Falls, ON. Limited seats available. Please book with your Delegate Registration.

Air Canada have issued discount codes for flights. 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 & 2019
Promotion Code: 6XMMMUZ1

Thank you for choosing Air Canada as the official airline for your event, which will be held Tuesday, February 19, 2019 to Thursday, February 21, 2019.
This a promotion code for the convention product. To book a flight with your promotion code, access and enter your promotion code in the search panel.

to qualify for the Meeting and Conventions special fares a minimum of 10 delegates is required travelling from various origins to the same destination within air canada s extensive north american and international network. customers will benefit from an instant online registration and enjoy a ten per cent discount on eligible fares.

Applicable Rules
• The booking is to be made to the following city: Ottawa, YOW (ON)
• The travel period begins Tuesday, February 12, 2019 and ends Thursday, February 28, 2019.
• 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.
• However, all bookings made using the promotion code will count toward the minimum 10 passenger requirement for Meetings and Conventions events.


The following are the details pertaining to your conference fare:

VALID: February 17th 2019 to February 24th 2019
TERRITORY: From all stations throughout the VIA system to Ottawa and return.
RESTRICTIONS: Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking.
One complimentary stopover is allowed at no additional charge.
For travel on all fare plans in Business class, the first stopover is allowed at no additional charge, provided that this stopover takes place in Toronto, Montréal or Ottawa only.
DISCOUNT: 10% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper class. “Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied.”
EXCEPTION: Discount does not apply in any Escape fares and Prestige Class.
IDENTIFICATION: Participants must reference the event’s VIA convention discount code: 13860.


NICHC Accommodations:

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

Each package includes:
– accommodations
– two breakfasts at the property you are staying

Online reservations: See below for the Link to Westin Reservations.

Click Here

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.

Conference Hotel – The Westin Hotel – 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON



Conference Partners:

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 $2195.00 for a 10 x 10 booth space including skirted table & 2 Chairs (plus taxes)
Click here to Register as an Exhibitor

Meal plans:
Breakfast is included if staying at the Westin Hotel. Exhibitors will need to purchase conference meal plans in addition to booth space. The meal plan includes 2 lunches and all breaks and snacks at the conference



If you have a product or service that is Cannabis or Hemp related and want to reach the Indigenous market, then you need to be at this conference. Booth space is limited…Register today!

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 $2195.00 for a 10 x 10 booth space including skirted table & 2 Chairs (plus taxes)
Click here to Register as an Exhibitor

Meal plans:
Partial plans are included in the Delegate Registration rates. It includes 2 lunches and coffee breaks/snacks. If staying at the Westin, your room rate includes Breakfast at the Hotel. (see Delegate Registration form)


Conference Pricing

NICHC Conference Registration includes admission to:

Welcome Reception (Tuesday, Feb. 19)
Both Conference Days and all workshops & sessions (Wed. & Thurs, Feb. 20 & 21)
Trade Show (Wed. & Thurs, Feb. 20 & 21)

Registration Fees:

Elder or Senior – before or after Jan 15 $495.00
Nation/Community Member (before Jan. 15) $895.00
Nation/Community Member (After Jan. 16) $995.00
Non-Indigenous/Government/Corporate (before Jan. 15) $995.00
Non-Indigenous/Government/Corporate (after Jan. 16) $1095.00

Optional: (at additional cost)

Comedy Night Banquet & Show – Feb. 20 $   79.95
Additional Meal Plans – 2 lunches, all coffee breaks and snacks. $   175.00
Optional Facility Tour – Feb. 22, 9:00am-2:00pm
Includes Bus transport, Bag Lunch and Tour of Canopy Growth facility
$ 125.00 *must register before Feb. 15


National Indigenous Cannabis and Hemp Conference (NICHC)

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