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Indigenous tourism holds key to Alberta’s post-pandemic recovery, officials say – CBC

Nov 26, 2021 Alberta’s Indigenous tourism industry holding 3rd annual summit this week Alberta’s Indigenous tourism industry has been holding its third annual summit this week. Speaking to an audience of 300 people, chair of the board for Indigenous Tourism Alberta (ITA), Brenda Holder’s key message is focusing on a hopeful future with a strong strategy. “We […]

by ahnationtalk on November 26, 202125 Views

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Indigenous tourism experiences have an unexpected benefit – helping members of those communities reconnect to their cultures – The Globe and Mail

Thirty years ago, tourists weren’t able to take a Haida-led tour through the mossy remains of an ancient island village or prepare bannock with a Mi’kmaq community on Prince Edward Island. Back then, an Indigenous tourism experience might have simply meant the appearance of for-hire drummers or dancers. But the growing demand for authentic Indigenous-owned […]

by ahnationtalk on November 12, 202125 Views

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Travel Alberta announces several board appointments including board chair and two new members

CALGARY, AB, Oct. 27, 2021  – Travel Alberta is pleased to congratulate three directors on their reappointments to its board of directors, including the redesignation of Linda Southern-Heathcott as chair, along with welcoming two new members to the board team, Ryan Robb and Gail Stepanik-Keber. Ms. Southern-Heathcott was initially appointed to Travel Alberta’s board and […]

by ahnationtalk on October 28, 202199 Views

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Piikani Travel Centre is open for summer

Indigenous Relations Minister Rick Wilson joined Piikani Nation members on July 30 to celebrate the success of the centre, which is located off Highway 3 east of Pincher Creek. The Piikani Travel Centre provides discount fuel, a convenience store and a fast food restaurant – serving Indigenous meals – to area residents and travellers. Visitors […]

by pmnationtalk on August 2, 202160 Views

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Travel Alberta Board of Directors Update

CALGARY, AB, July 9, 2021 – Travel Alberta is pleased to announce the appointment of current Board member Neil Yeates, retired Federal Deputy Minister, as Vice-Chair, and welcome Juanita Marois, CEO for Métis Crossing, as Travel Alberta’s newest Board member. “As board members, we guide Travel Alberta’s strategic direction and Neil and Juanita’s perspectives will […]

by ahnationtalk on July 12, 2021112 Views

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Growing Indigenous tourism in Alberta

As part of the plan to help the tourism sector recover, Alberta’s government is increasing funding to support Indigenous tourism experiences across the province. As part of Budget 2021, government is providing funding over the next three years to Indigenous Tourism Alberta to help grow Indigenous tourism businesses across the province. This funding will help […]

by ahnationtalk on May 31, 2021179 Views

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Government of Canada Regional Relief and Recovery Fund Saving Tourism Jobs in the Prairies

From: Western Economic Diversification Canada Over $8.4 million in funding to support one of the sectors hardest hit by COVID-19 health and safety restrictions May 27, 2021 – Edmonton, Alberta – Western Economic Diversification Canada Tourism has been among the sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic due to the unique challenges presented by shutdowns […]

by ahnationtalk on May 27, 202167 Views

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WestJet and Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) roll out support for Indigenous tourism businesses

TREATY 7 TERRITORY AND HOMELAND OF THE METIS, CALGARY, AB, May 26, 2021 – WestJet and the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) are providing nine, $10,000 grants to Indigenous tourism businesses across Canada that have been devastated by the shutdown of the tourism industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants were originally earmarked […]

by ahnationtalk on May 26, 202164 Views

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Alberta woman launching tourism app that reconnects Indigenous peoples to land – Global News

A new tourism app aims to help Indigenous communities reconnect with the land. Souta Calling Last, who is from Kainai First Nation and Southern Piikani First Nation, runs an educational non-profit organization called Indigenous Vision. Calling Last has spent the last four years at Indigenous Vision building an interactive tourism app that shares the locations […]

by ahnationtalk on March 25, 202191 Views

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Explore Edmonton signs MOU with Indigenous Tourism Alberta – Toronto Star

Explore Edmonton and Indigenous Tourism Alberta (ITA) have announced a recently signed memorandum of understanding (MOU). The memorandum between the two tourism organizations was created to support the development and marketing of Indigenous tourism businesses within the Edmonton region. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to increase Indigenous tourism in Alberta’s capital region through […]

by ahnationtalk on March 18, 202166 Views

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