Historic gathering of BC, Canadian and US Indigenous leaders with invited guests to celebrate the annual cannabis harvest, discuss the future of BC (and Canada’s) cannabis industry ad respond to the federal Cannabis Act review.
Indigenous Gathering Goals
Celebration and Growth
Celebrate cannabis and discuss important business opportunities for Indigenous Peoples regarding Canada’s evolving legal cannabis industry
Respond to Canada’s request for feedback regarding the Cannabis Act review
Honour and advance the cannabis policy proposals developed and approved by Indigenous governments and organizations
Promote education and dialogue regarding medical cannabis consumption and traditional methods of farming and plant processing
Through the leadership of Band Councils across BC, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) and the Assembly of BC First Nations, Indigenous Peoples have expressed an interest in law-making and regulation, economic development, taxation, revenues, health, safety, and education, among other matters, as they relate to cannabis, and which are tied to inherent jurisdiction.
With the Government of Canada’s current review of their Cannabis Act, a coordinated and strategic approach to the implementation of First Nations’ rights and interests with respect to cannabis in B.C. will strengthen First Nations' advocacy and contribute toward the achievement of mutual objectives related to Reconciliation, consumer protection, environmental stewardship, inclusion, job creation, social and economic development.
The November 18-20, 2022 Indigenous Cannabis Harvest Gathering in Vernon, BC presents an opportunity for elected Councillors, economic development staff, cannabis farmers, processors, retailers and a limited number of special guests to advance this accepted policy objective.
Prestige Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre
3914 - 32nd St., Vernon British Columbia V1T 5P1 CA
"The Prestige Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre provides a warm, inviting atmosphere for all guests. Originally built back in 1974, the hotel incorporates the nearby creek as a key element of its design, offering a constant flow of natural water streaming in from outside. The creek and garden atrium have since become guests’ favourite part of their hotel experience. Today, there are more than 1,000 plants in the atrium and the atmosphere is both calm and inviting." - Prestige Vernon Lodge
TO BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION WITH THE HOTEL
Call: Tel. 888-881-1336
Standard Exterior Facing Two Queens 19 $125.95*
Standard Interior Two Queens 9 $135.95 *
Poolside Two queens 8 $145.95 *
King Room 8 $145.95*
King Balcony Suite 2 $165.95*
*not including taxes
Please quote the Conference Name when contacting the hotel to confirm your booking. If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch with Jen Louis, Administrative Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY, November 19
LOCATION: RURAL TRADING POST, OKANAGAN NATION
8:30 am - Depart Vernon Lodge for Syilx Territory
9:30 am - Gathering Welcome and Prayer
9:45 am - Morning Gathering: Indigenous Delegate Roundtable
Topic: Cannabis Act Review
Question: What is the message Indigenous Delegates want to send to Ottawa about the Cannabis Act at the first four years of legalization?
12:00 pm - Potlach Celebration (Lunch)
1:30 pm - Afternoon Gathering: BC Cannabis Roundtable
Topic: Indigenous Communities Open for Business
Question: What are the opportunities and barriers facing Indigenous communities across BC (and Canada) that are interested in developing economic development strategies around cannabis and hemp production/processing?
3:30 pm - Cannabis Harvest Celebration and Potlach
Delegates will visit licensed cannabis business on Syilx Territory
SUNDAY, november 20
LOCATION: PRESTIGE VERNON LODGE, VERNON BC
8:30 am. - Depart Vernon Lodge for Syilx Territory
9:30 am - Gathering Welcome and Prayer
9:45 am - Topic: Recap and Next Steps
Cannabis Act Review
Economic and Social Development Opportunities
11:45 am - Conclude Gathering
12:00 pm - Media Availability