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!
National Indigenous Cannabis & Hemp Conference
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
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.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MANAGERS
FEDERAL, PROVINCIAL, AND MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
CANNABIS INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
CAPITAL FUND MANAGERS
HUMAN RESOURCE PROFESSIONALS
Learn from Leading Indigenous Experts!
The Honourable Ginette C. Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health, Canada
AFN Regional Chief Alberta, Mikisew Cree First Nation.
Chief Lee Crowchild
Xakiji Lee Crowchild is the third generation Xakiji following in the footsteps of his father …
Councillor, Tsuutina Nation
1st Female President of Indian Association of Alberta
Chief Christian Sinclair
Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Co-Chair Manitoba Norther Economic Development Strategy, Director National Access…
Former Chief Isadore Day
Regional Chief Isadore Day worked in construction, commercial fishing, and in the social services setting.
Commissioner, FN Tax Commission, former Chief of Kamloops Indian Band, co- founding member of the Shuswa…
Grand Chief Joseph Norton
Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
Chief Dwayne Zacharie
President of the First Nations Chiefs of Police Association
Dr. Evan Adams, Md.,
Chief Medical Officer, Coast Salish physician, Tla’amin First Nation…
Inspector Earl Nini
Indigenous Liaison Officer
RCMP “K” Division Headquarters
David Sharpe, LLB
Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (Tyendinaga), CEO Bridging Finance, Chair Emeritus of First Nations…
Cheryl Shuman, CEO
Cancer Survivor, Advocate, Entrepreneur, Investor, Media Celebrity
Founder, Beverly Hills Cannabis Club
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Couchiching First Nation, Leader in the Grand Council Treaty #3, Partner at OKT, First Nations as legal counsel…
Chief Clarence Louie
Osoyoos Indian Band
Chief Keith Blake
5th Chief of Police of the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service
Grant McLeod, LLB
Metis, Winnipeg, founder Seven Oaks, SVP Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel for Beleave Cannabis
Kikino Métis Settlement
Founder, CanWest Hemp Corp
Industry & Indigenous Rights…..
Dr. Neil McKinney, BSc, ND,
Prof, of Naturopathic Medicine and Naturopathic Oncology…
Dr. Shelley Turner MD CCFP
Member of the Pimicikamak First Nation (Cross Lake) in Manitoba…
– Seneca , Tonawanda Band, NY.
Exec. Dir. of the National Indian Cannabis Coalition…
Pioneer of Safe Distribution in the Cannabis Industry
Corporal Richard Nowak
Drug Recognition Expert Program
‘K’ DivisionDRE Provincial Coordinator
Director General, Licensing and Medical Access, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch at Health Canada
Jodi Two Guns
Portfolio Liaison Officer for Social Well Being, Tsuut’ina First Nation
Mohawk of the Bear Clan, Smoke Signals, Tyendinaga Medical Cannabis Clinic
Anishinaabe man of the Bear Clan, Alderville First Nation founder and owner of Medicine Wheel Natural…
Anishinaabe, Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve
Consultant, Public Policy Forum
One of the funniest corporate and club comedians in North America.
Chief Corporate Officer at Aurora Cannabis, a producer of medical cannabis and cannabis oils…
Dean S. Seneca
Former Senior Health Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control
Former Director of the Great Lakes…
VP Government and Stakeholder Relations, Canopy Growth
Tribal Council Member Adams Lake band, CEO Green Future Industries
Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development, Bio Material Development Centre
Chief Executive Officer | Fort McMurray #468 First Nation
VP of Patient Research and Access
Chief Delbert Wapass
Thunderchild First Nation (Treaty 6)
Business Development Manager (Drug and Alcohol Detection) Drager
Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation Sk.
Executive Director, Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs.
Founder Living Harvest and Hempco…
Lorraine M. White
Vice President & General Counsel
General Counsel, Tsuu T’ina
Poundmaker Cree Nation and an influential Plains Cree leader
Director General Economic and Business Opportunities, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
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Executive Chairman & Co-Founder Wiisag Corporation
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First Nationand founder of Whiteduck Resources Inc.
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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.
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.
CONFERENCE TIMETABLE & AIRLINE PROMO CODES
|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!!|
|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.
AIRLINE PROMO CODES:
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.
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
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
Hotel and meal packages have been negotiated with the three conference hotels listed below.
Each package includes:
– 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.
Delta Hotels by Marriott Calgary South*
135 Southland Drive S.E.
(403) 278-5050 Hotel
Book your group rate for National Indigenous Cannabis & Hemp Conference (NICHC)
*13 minute drive or shuttle
5940 Blackfoot Trail S.E.
(403) 252-2253 / (800) 661-1151
*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.
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
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
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).
Construction & Facility Specialists
Economic Development Consultants
Federal, Provincial, Municipal Agencies
Information Technology Professionals
Social Service Support Agencies
Risk Management Consultants
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.
|Elder or Senior||$495.00|
|Closing Banquet & Show – Nov. 20th||$ 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|
Conference Partnership Opportunities
The National Indigenous Cannabis & Hemp Conference (NICHC) is the first forum to bring together over 400 senior Indigenous leaders; Chiefs, Band Council Members, Economic Development Managers, Finance Officers, Health Officials, Human Resource Managers, Law Enforcements Agencies, Legal Advisors, Government Agencies, from Nations already involved or contemplating their involvement in the cannabis and hemp industry.
Industry suppliers will have the opportunity to network and present their services, products and brand to an exclusive audience of indigenous decision makers. These leaders will establish the foundations for the rapidly emerging indigenous cannabis and hemp markets, which could quickly become the single largest target markets in the country!
Please click here to review our various Conference Partnership Opportunities designed to enhance your networking potential to delegates at this years NICHC.
Thank you for your interest.
National Indigenous Cannabis and Hemp Conference (NICHC)
Contact us for more details!!