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​Moon Naasasyii (partner): 2023 Gala and Conference

Press Release

The Return of ICC’s Annual Gala

It’s been two years since we held ICC’s annual gala and we’re back this year with a joint conference & symposium followed by a Gala to help you network with other Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses as well as celebrate yourselves!

ICC is committed to economic reconciliation, as well as the continual promotion and support of Indigenous business in Manitoba.

If you are a current Indigenous Chamber of Commerce member please reach out to [email protected] for an exclusive discount code to the event!

Thursday, April 20, 2023.
RBC Convention Centre (Southeast & East Concourse)
375 York Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA
R3C 3J3
Moon Naasaayii (partner)Agenda
Conference & Symposium
​11 AM: Registration Opens, Symposium Begins
12 PM: Lunch
1 – 2:15PM: Conference session Part 1
2:15 – 2:45PM: Coffee Break
2:45 – 4:00PM: Conference session Part 2
5PM: Symposium Concludes

Gala (doors officially open at 5PM)
4 – 5:30PM: VIP Reception
6PM: Dinner
6:30 – 7:00PM: Keynote Speaker (Niigaan Sinclair)
7:00 – 7:30 PM: Fireside Chat (Speakers TBA)
7:30 – 10PM: Entertainment

Conference Line Up

Special Message (Lunch)
​From Whelan Sutherland

​Chief Executive Officer of Treaty One Development Corporation Whelan is a proud member of Peguis First Nation; who has played a lead role in a wide variety of Indigenous business ventures over the past 15 years, as a CEO, manager and entrepreneur.

Dennis Meeches

Former Chief of Long Plain First Nation and current Chair of Tribal Councils Investment Group Dennis Meeches, a driving force in Indigenous economic development. Dennis will be sharing his experience with Long Plain First Nation, Treaty 1 Nation and Tribal Council Investment Group.

Lisa Meeches​

​Lisa Meeches is one of the most dynamic and respected producers in the television and film industry and is Anishinaabe from Long Plain First Nation, Sandy Bay First Nation, and Ebb and Flow First Nation.
Lisa will be talking about her experience with Eagle Vision and the various joint projects they have been involved with.

Robert Wavey

​Robert Wavey, over the course of some 50 years, he has held positions in leadership, in senior management, as a negotiator, and in advisory roles. Robert will be sharing his experience with the Sodexo project and Fox Cree First Nation.

Gala Line Up

Key Note Speaker
​Niigaan Sinclair

​Economic Reconciliation refers to the economic redress of historical injustices to Indigenous Peoples. Have you wondered what that means? Great! ​Niigaan Sinclair will share perspectives & ideas.

Niigaan is an Anishinaabe writer, editor, and activist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Sinclair is also a public speaker and media commentator who was recently named to the “Power List” by Maclean’s magazine as one of the most influential individuals in Canada.

Melissa Ridgen

​A proud Red River Métis, Melissa Ridgen is a renowned journalist who has spent more than 24 years covering crime, courts, politics, business and entertainment for newspapers in four provinces.

Dennis Meeches
President of Tribal Councils
​Investment Group​

Fire Side Chat

​​Dennis and Peter will be sharing their experience in partnering in the development of the Wyndham Hotel and their joint partnership.
​Peter Lee
Vice President, Development Wyndham Hotels and Resorts Canada



Martin Desjarlais is a proud Metis man from Manitoba. Martin is a talented drummer, guitarist and vocalist. A fan of classic country music, won first place at the long running Westbrook Inn “Star Search” talent competition in 2009. Martin has gone on to enter multiple talent competitions and has been showcased in numerous other events including the 2012 NCI Jam, 2020 Festival du Voyageur, Manitoba Metis Federation’s The Beat Goes On live concert series, Manitoba Arts Network/Indigenous Music Partnership residency, the 2020 “Indigenous Emerging Artists Mentorship Intensive”, Indigenous Music’s Talking Stick Video Series, as well as the upcoming 2023 Dauphin Countryfest. Desjarlais is now stepping into the world of writing his own music and will release his first single in 2023.

​The Moon Naassaasyii (partner) conference and joint venture symposium is more than just an information sharing event, it includes a business oriented afternoon that will provide you with opportunities to learn and collect resources to help you succeed or identify your next joint venture. Ending the evening with the annual ICC gala, allowing you to relax and enjoy time in the company of your new prospective partnerships.





Looking for a way to get involved?

We have put together vendor and sponsorship packages that are easily downloadable PDF files. To find out more you are welcome to review, download and share if you think you or someone you know may be interested.

You can contact our sponsorship coordinator Shay directly at sp[email protected] to participate and support us!


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