Agenda / Speakers
VIP/DELEGATE WELCOMING RECEPTION:
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, and edible/digestibles, all represent potential growth for generations to come. Approaching cannabis and hemp responsibly will be the key to community success. Join us for our opening VIP/Delegate reception Tuesday evening November 24th.
- Economic Development at Work: Building Community Value
Case studies of how and where nations are building success and community value with an overview of the economic development opportunities in both the Cannabis and Hemp sectors.
- Sourcing Project Capital:
Institutional lending options to be review: CANDO, First Nations Finance Institutions, Traditional Banks, Joint Ventures, Venture Capital Funds, Grants & Government Programs.
- Governance & Developing Band Policy / Unanticipated Challenges to Council Authority:
Day to day cannabis is creating challenging situations faced by Councils. Practical solutions and work plans for establishing best practices and council governance.
° Transient black market operators
° Driving under the influence
° Underage issues
° Cannabis in the workplace
- Health Canada Update:
Learn first hand from Health Canada’s Director General Strategic Policy, Controlled Substances and Cannabis, opportunities for FN to work in the cannabis industry. Licensing, the Navigator program, migration for craft growers, the latest on edibles, etc
- Health and Community Wellness Session
Register for a full day! Leading Indigenous medical practitioners will present harm Reduction Models. Completing the session will be blue prints and strategies for implementing community wellness programs. (*please indicate on your Delegate registration, which day session you would like to attend)
- Hemp – everything from A-Z
Discover why the hemp industry provides the best opportunity for a return on your investment without the hassles of onerous government regulations, reporting and inspections. Register for a full day review of hemp cultivation, processing and product development. The economics of Hemp will surprise you. (*please indicate on your Delegate registration, which day session you would like to attend)
- Cannabis for Small Nations:
How do small communities participate & benefit from the growth in the cannabis industry.
- The SPI Program: The Federal Strategic Partnership Initiative
Learn more about this innovative program designed to increase Indigenous and Métis participation in new, complex, and rapidly developing industries. Cannabis and Hemp are your perfect fit.
- Indigenomics and Taxation:
Cannabis has the unexplored potential for rebuilding the “economics of well-being” and a $100 billion Indigenous economy. Learn more on the “Indigenomics” of cannabis. The FNTC will present the legal framework proposed for cannabis taxation.
- Jobs & Training:
Jobs & training remain a primary objective in growing stable employment. Qualifications, transferable skills, available training courses, & provincial requirement for those working in retail will be reviewed.
- AFN Chief’s Committee on Cannabis: Roadmap to Indigenous Autonomy
Founding CCC members will explain the initial pilot program and the long-term objective of the CCC.
- Ensuring the Best Return on Community Investment: Should your community simply invest or venture into operating a cannabis business
Panelists will provide a hands-on review of business opportunities and returns based on actual case studies and leveraging resources.
- Federal & Provincial Cannabis Directors Round Table
Meet and hear how the provincial agencies responsible for the Cannabis Act are working to develop Indigenous policy.
- Closing Round Table:
Indigenous cannabis entrepreneurs and leaders close out the conference with a global summary of where the cannabis & hemp industries can lead Indigenous Communities for generations to come.
- Networking Reception & CASINO NIGHT
Enjoy and relax after a full day of networking and learning.
- Site Tours:
Join Westbank FN Chief Roxanne Lindley as she personally leads our coach tour of the Okanagan’s key cannabis grow operations and retailers.
Please pre-register as space is limited. Buses will leave the Grand Okanangan Resort at 9:30 am. Lunch will be included.
*Agenda and speakers subject to change - Check on the website weekly for updates!