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National Indigenous Cannabis & Hemp Conference Coming To Kelowna

From link to article by Benjie Cooper – November 17, 2019

As cannabis legalization in Canada creates new opportunities for the country’s indigenous population, there is a wealth of much-needed information that is necessary to capitalize on the industry’s growth.

To help bridge the information gap, on November 26-28, the National Indigenous Cannabis & Hemp Conference (NICHC) will be arriving at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, British Columbia, providing attendees an opportunity to learn from indigenous experts and delegates from across Canada.

Hundreds of delegates have attended past NICHC events which have been hosted by the Tsuut’ina Nation at Grey Eagle Resort near Calgary and the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.

Conference Chair Howard Silver says that the upcoming event will focus on community health, policy, and economic development and include workshops on hemp production and community wellness programs to provide attendees with strategies for reducing the harm caused by addiction to opioids and other potentially harmful substances.

“Indigenous speakers who have been successful in the cannabis & hemp industries create an unprecedented opportunity for knowledge transfer within communities,” says Silver. “Real experiences are shared and the face to face networking in (sic) invaluable.”

Workshops, panels, networking receptions, and tours of a cannabis retail shop, medical clinic, and growing operation in Okanagan with Westbank First Nation Chief, Roxanne Lindley will be features of the upcoming three-day conference.

Important topics will include Sourcing Project Capital and Governance: Developing Band Policy.

Organizers of the three-day event are encouraging chiefs, band council members, economic development managers, and other delegates to attend the conference along with exhibitors such as medical practitioners, education institutions with cannabis programs, and cannabis industry professionals.

Registration materials and additional information about the conference are available on the NICHC website.

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