This unique event offers Indigenous communities and businesses effective education on international inter-tribal trade and investment. The conference brings Indigenous business representatives and Indigenous economic development officers together with international experts in Indigenous trade law.

Traders and experts come together to plan and participate in a global flow and exchange of Indigenous goods, services and investments. During the Conference, leading experts in the fields of trade law, International trade finance, supply logistics and Indigenous history will stand side-by-side with authorities from Indigenous business and tribal economic development, to identify challenges and solutions in key areas such as Indigenous International trade provisions, the Jay Treaty, NAFTA, Canada/USA border crossing for Indigenous trade, and developing real Indigenous trade opportunities between New Zealand, Canada and the United States.

Conference proceedings will be available, allowing interested parties access to the expert research, ideas, proposals and solutions. Everyone with an interest in igniting a global Indigenous economy is cordially invited to attend.


Day 1 – Friday, September 21, 2018 – Vancouver – Global Affairs Canada – Boardroom

Day 1 Theme of Expert Panels:
Financing Global Inter-tribal Trade
Indigenous Trading Nations from New Zealand and USA

Day 2 – Saturday, September 22, 2018 – BUS TRIP to Secwepemc Fisheries

Chartered Bus Excursion leaves downtown Vancouver and follows the route of the Salmon from the Pacific Ocean up the mighty Fraser River, stopping at spectacular Hell’s Gate. Then onward following the Salmon up into the majestic Thompson River, into the peaceful Adams River watershed, home of the Secwepemc Salmon streams that are managed by the Secwepemc Fisheries Commission, and operated by Indigenous harvesting businesses like RiverFresh, where our tour will meet with Secwepemc River Chiefs, Elders, Dignitaries and local Indigenous businesses.

Day 3 – Sunday, September 23, 2018 Kamloops – Thompson Rivers University – Faculty of Law

Day 3 Theme of Expert Panels:
Indigenous Foreign Trade Zones and International Agreements
West Coast Indigenous Trade and Investment Opportunities