NICHC Agenda
Ottawa 2019

February 19, 2019 – Tuesday


2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration Desk Open – Westin Hotel Lobby
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Welcome Reception, Shaw Convention Centre Sponsored by Wiisag & Bimaadzwin

Cannabis Opportunities for Indigenous Nations:
Bill C 45 legalizing recreational cannabis, has created new economic and job opportunities for Indigenous communities across the country. Cultivation, genetic research, laboratory testing, packaging, retail distribution, distance diagnostics, digestibles, etc., all must be approached responsibly and with bottom-line accountability to First Nations.

Moderator – Former Chief Isadore Day, Anishnabek, Serpent River FN, Bimaadzwin Consulting

Jake Linklater, Wiisag, Chippewas of NawashUnceded FN, President & Co-Founder Long North Capital

Adam Beach, Indigenous Canadian Medical Dispensaries (IcMD), Saulteaux, Dog Creek FN Res., Ashern MB.

Ian Campeau, Ojibwe, Anishinaabe, Nipissing FN, as know as DJ NDN, co-founder & former member of A Tribe Called Red. Indigenous advocate.

Wednesday – February 20, 2019

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration Desk Open – Shaw Centre
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
We wish to thank the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation for hosting us on their traditional, unceded, ancestral, Aboriginal territory, here in the Ottawa Valley.
Prayers Elder Irene Lindsay
Drum Ceremony
Opening Comments
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Cannabis 101 –
The science behind the plant and its anecdotal remedies.
Dr. Neil McKinney: Naturopathic Physician, Professor of Naturopathic Oncology, Author, Lecturer.
9:45 am. – 10:00 am. Break & Trade Show
10:00 am. – 11:30 am. Federal Overview:
A comprehensive overview of Federal efforts to support economic development programs for Indigenous Nations entering the cannabis market.
Grant McLeod (Moderator), Metis, MB., Founder Seven Oaks Cannabis, SVP Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel Beleave Cannabis, entrepreneur, regulatory, legal, and public policy expert.

Gerald Gosselin -Special Advisor, Indigenous Affairs Directorate, Skills and Employment Branch, Employment and Social Development Canada

Todd Cain – Director General of Licensing and Medical Access for the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch at Health Canada.

Mohan Denetto – Director General, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

11:30 p.m. – 12:00 p.m. Indigenous Cannabis Consortium:
Update on the inception, mandate and progress of the newly formed National Indigenous Cannabis Consortium.
Roland Bellerose, Director, CEO, Founder, Cree, media and technology entrepreneur with extensive experience working with national & regional Indigenous and gov’t agencies.

Francine Whiteduck, Kitigan-ZibiAnishinabeg, Algonquin FN, Principal Whiteduck Resources

12:00 noon– 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Trade Show
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Maximizing Your Investment in Cannabis:
Development time, Investment Requirements, Job Creation, Return on Investment
Georges Routhier – Moderator

Cultivation: Lorraine White, Chief Compliance Officer, Seven Leaf Medical Cannabis

Medical Clinics: Alex Abellan, Founder National Access Cannabis, Chakra Cannabis, Ask Before You Pass Youth Education Program

Medical Clinics, Chief Christian Sinclair, Onekanew Sinclair was faced with impending bankruptcy;how he was able to turn failure into success through cannabis.

Hemp: Wade McAdam, Kikano Métis Settlement, CanWest Hemp Corporation, Industry/Indigenous Advocate

Retail: Rob Stevenson, Anishinaabe of the Bear Clan, Alderville FN, Medicine Wheel Natural Healing Indigenous Medical Dispensary

Ernie Daniels, President FNFA, First Nations Finance Association

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break & Trade Show
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Guide to Licensing:
A comprehensive guide to cultivation, processing, retail & medical clinic licensing.
Jennifer Caldwell, Cannabis License Experts

Laurie Vaughan, from the Ulkatcho First Nation Aryon Corporation

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Experience in Joint Ventures Experience:
Opportunities for Nations and Licensed Producers to form strategic working relationships.
Moderator: Ray Wanuch, Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement, Ermineskin Cree Nation, Executive Director CANDO

Brenda Zurba, Tribal Wi-Chi-Way-Win Capital Corporation TWCC

David Sharpe, Bridging Finance Inc.

Alison Gordon, C.E.O., 48 North (formerly Delshen Pharmaceutical)

Chief Lester Anoquot, Saugeen First Nation

Jake Linklater, Wiisag, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded FN, President & Co-Founder Wiisag

4:45 pm. – 5:00 pm. Break
5:00 pm. – 5:45 pm. Indigenous Cannabis Consortium Workshop: (optional) Moderator – Former Cheif Isadore Day – Anishnabek, Serpent River FN, Bimaadzwin

Roland Bellerose, Cree,Director, CEO, Founder, media and technology entrepreneur with extensive experience with national and regional Indigenous & government agencies.

Francine Whiteduck, Kitigan-ZibiAnishinabeg, Algonquin FN, Principal Whiteduck Resources

7:00 – 11:00PM Comedy Night & Dinner with Howie Miller
SHAW Centre, 2nd Fl. 205/207 (ticketed event $79.95 available at the Registration Desk)
(*Agenda subject to change)

Thursday – February 21, 2019

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m Welcome Former Chief Isadore Day, Anishnabek, Serpent River FN, Bimaadzwin Consulting,

The Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health

The Hon. Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security & Organized Crime Reduction

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Provincial Government Roundtable:
Panelists will speak about the provincial and territorial approaches being taken with the legalization and regulation of cannabis for non-medical purposes, including opportunities for Indigenous engagement and participation in provincial and territorial frameworks
Renu Kulendran, Exec. Director, Ontario Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat

Mary Shaw, Exec. Director, British Columbia Cannabis Legalization & Regulation Secretariat

Dale Tesarowski – Executive Director, Corporate Initiatives Branch, Integrated Justice Services, Serving the Ministry of Corrections and Policing and Ministry of Justice and Attorney General, Government of Saskatchewan

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break & Trade Show
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Harm Reduction: The Economics of Well-being:
Discussion with a Leading Indigenous Medical Practitioner, Heath Authority, Patient Advocate
Moderator, Jodi Two Guns, Tsuut’ina Nation, AB,

Dr. Shelley Turner, Pimicikamak FN (Cross Lake) Mb., Addiction & Harm Reduction Specialist, Founder & Chief Medical Officer at Ekosi Health,Medical Cannabis Clinic, Gimli, MB., Assistant Professor, Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Rachelle Maskell, Thunderbird Foundation, M.Sc. Health & Rehabilitation

Naomi Nicholson, Tseshaht First Nation, Medicine Woman, Patient Advocate.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon Purity and Potency: Credibility and Sustainability of the Cannabis Industry through Quality Control Introduction: Rob McIntyre, CEO / CFO of Salvation Botanicals, a Licensed Dealer and Hemp Processor. Rob has worked on several First Nations projects in Western Canada in the past.
He has initiated Salvation’s First Nations Partnership Program that consists of identifying and partnering with First Nations to provide employment and economic development under a collaborative and sustainable model.
Rob is motivated by the opportunities that the cannabis industry provides for health and wellness, reducing opioid addictions, as well as the long term economic potential,

Dr. Stuart Titus Ph.D., CEO, Medical Marijuana Inc., Cannabis Pioneer, Entrepreneur & Visionary.

12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch & Trade Show
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Managing Community Policy, Removing Risk:
Approaches to Nation Policy and associated risks of cannabis & hemp production and processing
Moderator: Cherie L. Brant, Mohawk and Ojibway from the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and WikwemikongUnceded Indian Territory.Partner, Dickinson Wright

The Kahnawake Experience: Creating Community By-Laws
Chief Gina Deer, Mohawk Council of Kahnawake

The Seven-Leaf Experience
Lorraine M. White, Former Tribal Chief St. Regis Mohawk, Seven Leaf Medical Cannabis, RPIC & Chief Compliance Officer

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break & Trade Show
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Hemp: The Billion-Dollar Cannabis Opportunity Few Have Heard About Wade McAdam, Kikino Metis Settlement, Founder CanWest Hemp Corp

Steven Teed, Band Council Adams Lake, Hemp Grower

3:00 p.m.– 4:30 p.m. Eagles Nest: Indigenous Leaders Wrap-Up Emcee – Former Chief Isadore Day – Anishnabek, Serpent River FN, Bimaadzwin

Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton – Mohawk Council of Kahanawa:ke

Lorraine M. White – Former Tribal Chief St. Regis Mohawk, General Council Head of Government Relations, Seven Leaf Cannabis

Chief Christian Sinclair – Opaskwayak Cree Nation, MB.

Wade McAdams – Kikino Métis Settlement – Founder CanWest Hemp Corp

Former Chief Delbert Wapass – Thunderchild First Nation, Sask.

Grant McLeod, Beleave Cannabis, SVP Regulatory Affairs and General Council, Co Founder of Seven Oaks Cannabis, entrepreneur, regulatory, legal and public policy expert.

4:00 p.m. Closing Ceremonies: Emcee – Former Chief Isadore Day – Anishnabek, Serpent River FN, Bimaadzwin

Prayers Elder Irene Lindsay


(*Agenda subject to change)

Friday – February 22, 2019
9:00 am. – 4:00 pm. Site Tours:
Please pre-register as space is limited. Buses will leave on the north side of the Shaw Centre. Lunch included. See Registration Desk.

A. Canopy Growth, Smith Falls Ontario, Cultivation Facility Tour, Compliments of Canopy Growth/Tweed. 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. For Chief’s and Economic Development Officers only, please

Thank you for your participation!

Our Next Conference is Scheduled for November 26-28, 2019
In Beautiful Kelowna BC