Cannabis and climate change were two of the hot topics featured at this week’s First Nations Economic Advancement Conference (FNEAC)

Erin Mathews, Isadore Day, and Tito Domoto attend the FNEAC conference in Toronto on September 20, 2018.

 

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Cannabis and climate change were two of the hot topics featured at this week’s First Nations Economic Advancement Conference (FNEAC)

 

(Toronto, September 21, 2018) Cannabis and climate change were just two of the urgent topics explored at this week’s sold-out First Nations Economic Advancement Conference (FNEAC). There are almost limitless long-term economic opportunities for First Nations in both the emerging cannabis industry and combating the effects of climate change.

Isadore Day, founder and CEO of Bimaadzwin, moderated both the cannabis and climate change panels. An electronic survey conducted following the cannabis panel showed the majority of First Nation economic development officers in attendance stated their communities are currently involved or are open to partnering with established cannabis companies.

“The growing interest of First Nation participation in the cannabis industry is partly driven by the fact that our own Peoples are now involved in establishing their own companies,” said Day. “First Nations are also actively involved in the cannabis investment side of the industry. Mainstream cannabis companies and investors now realize there is much potential for First Nation control of a significant portion of the market once cannabis becomes legal next month.”

The Canadian Securities Exchange, which attended the FNEAC, reported that it has outperformed the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) since late last year as a result of increased investment in cannabis companies that focus not only on recreational use but medical, health and wellness aspects. Companies such as Long North Capital are focused on exclusively raising investment funds for First Nation communities.

“In terms of climate change, we’ve seen a huge number of wildfires from northern BC to northern Ontario. In fact, as of this week, there are still 180 out of control forest fires across the country,” said Day. “Our Peoples must be front and centre, not only in combating fires, but ensuring that Canada and the world acts now to end global warming before it’s too late. The number one solution is reducing greenhouse gas by ending our reliance on the oil industry.

The climate change panel featured Dr. David Pearson of Laurentian University, who co-chaired the Ontario Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaption. He is currently working with First Nation communities in the far north who are assessing the impacts of climate change. Dr. Adriaan Davidse presented on long-term solutions such as renewable energy integration systems that are analogous to the underground network of roots that sustain the plants and trees in a forest.

“We need to de-construct and restructure how the world produces energy,” said Day. “Canada cannot do this alone. First Nations cannot play their small – albeit significant role without a large and substantial investment in technologies that will begin to reverse climate change. We must have a First Nation driven summit to examine all the solutions – current and future – in the coming months. Time is running out to preserve the planet for our children and future generations. Economic development alone will not resolve our issues – we must have quality of living prosperity.”

For more information, Contact:

Bryan Hendry, Bimaadzwin Director of Marketing and Communications, 613-863-1764

bhendry@bimaadzwin.ca

 

 

 

Bimaadzwin Officially Launches

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September 12, 2018

Bimaadzwin officially launches on anniversary week of the signing of Robinson-Huron Treaty: 168 Years Later, First Nations must continue to advance their rights for Nationhood and equality within Canada

(Serpent River First Nation, September 12, 2018) Bimaadzwin, which means “life” or “good life” in Anishinaabe, is officially being launched today as an organization dedicated to improving lives and advancing Nationhood and sovereignty for Indigenous peoples in Ontario and across the country. Former Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day is the founder, CEO and hereditary Chief, descended from Wiindawtegowinini, who signed the Robinson-Huron Treaty on behalf of his peoples 168 years ago this week.

“First Nations entered into Treaties with the European newcomers to share the lands and resources as equals,” said Chief Day. “We fully expected to share the bounty and wealth that our Peoples have enjoyed for thousands of years. As a leader for over 15 years, I have dedicated my life in the pursuit of social justice for our Peoples. We all have a moral obligation to ensure our children are not victims of the poverty, inequities, and injustices that have become far too common in today’s Canada.

“I founded Bimaadzwin as an entity that will bridge the current gap in understanding that exists between our Peoples and mainstream society, which includes governments and industry,” said Chief Day. “True reconciliation means working towards building a country that elevates our Peoples as equals with all Canadians. There is much work to be done to improve outcomes in all areas – economic, health, governance, and justice.”

“The main logo of Bimaadzwin features my two daughters, Niigan and Wasaaya, looking at a thousand-year-old pictograph of eight warriors in a canoe that was carved on a cliff on the north shore of Lake Superior. Honouring our own history, languages, and culture is essential to building a prosperous future for our children.”

Visit www.bimaadzwin.ca for descriptions of the logos, as well as the Seven Principles that will guide the work to be done.

Bimaadzwin will host a reception at the First Nation Economic Advancement Conference (FNEAC) next Tuesday, September 18th at the Toronto Chelsea.
For more information, Contact:

Bryan Hendry, Bimaadzwin Director of Marketing and Communications, 613-863-1764
bhendry@bimaadzwin.ca

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