TAKING A SEAT AT THE ECONOMIC TABLE | INDIGENOMICS BY DESIGN 2021 SPEAKERS
CEO, ALL NATIONS CANNABIS
Darwin is responsible for strategic oversight, management and operation of the All Nation businessses. As a council member for the Cheam First Nation and director of Cheam Enterprises Inc., Darwin is well-versed in First Nation’s politics, business development and strives to assist Nations in achieving economic independence.
A new voice for Indigenous business in Stó:lo territory, Darwin is a leader in both his family and community. Throughout his life, his work has been driven by the legacy of his late Grandfather Chief Albert Douglas, a genuine leader who had a vision of wellness and prosperity for the Stó:lō people. The second oldest of seven siblings, Darwin is proud to have a strong entrepreneurial spirit that was passed down from grandparents, follows in the leadership path his family created.
Darwin was a key player in assisting the Shxwhá:y First Nation to develop, build and licence a 30,000 square foot cannabis cultivation and processing facility on reserve land. This state-of-the-art facility will produce upwards of 4,000 kgs of premium cannabis products per annum which can be sold in national and international markets.
Darwin has a deep knowledge of Indigenous issues. He served as a researcher and manager in Aboriginal Rights and Title for both the Cheam First Nation and the Stó:lō Nation for several years. He also managed the Coqualeetza Cultural Education Centre, where he brought financial stability to the Centre and relocate archival materials to ensure they were preserved properly for future generations. Darwin owns two small businesses in the Fraser Valley: the Cheam Trading Post, which offers wild, local and fairtrade salmon and seafood products; and the Stó:lo Seafood Company, a business that operates a certified seafood processing facility.
Darwin has been a longstanding protector of Indigenous cultural knowledge and resources within his traditional territory for over 22 years. He holds a certificate in Cultural Resource Management from the University of Victoria.