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Audio and Video archive from NICHC in Ottawa

This is a collection of material recorded at the 2019 National Indigenous Cannabis and Hemp Conference in Ottawa.

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.

Cannabis 101:
The science behind the plant and its anecdotal remedies.

Dr. Neil McKinney, Naturopathic Physician, Professor of Naturopathic Oncology, Author, Lecturer

Federal Overview:
A comprehensive overview of Federal efforts to support economic development programs for Indigenous Nations entering the cannabis market.

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

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-Zibi Anishinabeg, Algonquin FN, Principal Whiteduck Resources

The Alderville Cannabis Model:
An overview of how cannabis is being tested and regulated in Alderville First Nation

Rob Stevenson, owner of Medicine Wheel Natural Healing and a member of the Mississauga of Rice Lake Cannabis Association

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

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

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

Ministers’ Remarks to NICHC

Former Chief Isadore Day, Anishnabek, Serpent River FN, Bimaadzwin Consulting
Hon. Ginette Petipas Taylor, Minister of Health
Hon. Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction

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

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.

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.

Rob Stevenson of Medicine Wheel presents the Alderville Cannabis Model to the NICHC
Presentation from the Pikwakanagan Cannabis Business Association
Minister of Border Security Bill Blair and Health Minister Ginette Petipas-Taylor answer questions from NICHC attendees
Mohan Denello of INAC speaking at NICHC
Clan Mother Noeline Willburn addresses NICHC Forum
Tim Barnhart of Legacy 420 questions Health Canada bureaucrat Todd Cain
Rob Stevenson of Medicine Wheel asks Bill Blair about respecting indigenous sovereignty
Jordan Brant speaking at NICHC
Dr. Shelly Turner discusses the medical effects of cannabis
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