Media Advisory for Inter-Nation Trade and Economic Summit

by NationTalk on March 9, 2009946 Views

TORONTO, March 6 – The Assembly of First Nations Inter-Nation Trade and Economic Summit (INTES), a national gathering bringing together some of the leading thinkers on the economy from both the First Nations and non-Aboriginal communities, begins this Monday, March 9 until Wednesday, March 11, at the Metro-Toronto Convention Centre, Constitution Hall, North Building, 255 Front Street.Highlights for Monday, March 9

9 a.m. Opening Remarks by National Chief Phil Fontaine; Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse; and Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Brad Duguid (Media availability to follow in Room 201-E)

10 a.m. Presentations by Economists Craig Wright (RBC); Don Drummond (TD); and Jim Stanford (CAW)

10:40 a.m. Presentations by David Sword (Ontario Chamber of Commerce); Jim Gowans (DeBeers Canada); and Robert Watts (AFN CEO)

11:30 a.m. Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Mining Association of Canada and Assembly of First Nations

11:45 Keynote Address by Eric Sprott

1 p.m. Launch of the State of the First Nation Economy Paper by National Chief Phil Fontaine

1:45 p.m. Workshops

3:15 p.m. Presentations by Lee MacTaggart (American Consulate); AFN Alberta Regional Chief Wilton Littlechild; and Larry Ruud (Meyers, Norris, Penny LLP)

3 p.m. Workshops

4:15 p.m. Inter-Nation Trade Protocol: Jamie Fullmer (Yavapai Apache) and Wayne Mulligan (Maori)

6:15 p.m. Ignite Change with Stephen Lewis and Thomas Homer-Dixon (John Bassett Theatre, 255 Front Street)

3 p.m. Sunday, March 8
First Nations’ Youth 2010 Olympic Torch Relay Flame Attendants and Youth Language Torchbearers Announcement with National Chief Phil Fontaine, and representatives from VANOC, Coca-Cola, and RBC.

Location: Oakville Room, Intercontinental Hotel, 255 Front Street West, Toronto

All Plenary sessions are open to the media. For the full three-day agenda of the more than 70 speakers and presenters, please visit

For further information: Bryan Hendry, Senior Policy Advisor, Economic Partnerships, Assembly of First Nations, Cell (613) 293-6106,

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