The 2nd Advancing Indigenous Tourism Conference (AITC) being hosted on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation, Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and Carcross/Tagish First Nation – December 11th in Whitehorse and December 12th in Carcross.
Hosted by the Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association (YFNCT) the conference will bring together delegates from culture, tourism, economic development and education sectors to explore the theme: “Creating An Indigenous Tourism Model for Yukon”. Through keynote presentations, case studies, panel discussions, and group working sessions the conference will focus on the following topics.
Innovative Approaches to Advancing Indigenous Tourism
Keynote speakers Kevin Eshkawkogan (Indigenous Tourism Ontario) and Clinton Belcher (Canadian Ecotourism Services) will share their vision for and experience with the Ontario Authentic Indigenous Moments program which allows “cultural entrepreneurs” to share cultural experiences with visitors.
Community Led Tourism Development Conrad Browne and Davis Henderson from Port Hardy will share the inspiring story of how the k’awat’si Economic Development General Partner Corporation (KEDC) invested in its community to develop successful tourism businesses that helped reinvigorate the economic heartbeat of the community. We will also learn about what is happening in communities across Yukon.
Partnerships The topic of partnerships will be interwoven throughout the 2-day event. We will explore how stakeholders in arts/culture, tourism, economic development, and education can partner and work together to best advance Indigenous tourism in Yukon.
“Don’t Tell Me, Show Me” - Importance of Mentorship & Training for Capacity Building Through case studies and panel discussions, we will explore training-to-employment models and mentorship programs relevant to Indigenous tourism.
Advocacy Together, we will examine and discuss various advocacy issues related to Indigenous cultural tourism in Yukon including common cultural protocols and guidelines and community codes of conduct.
Thank You To Our Funders
Yukon Government - Product Development Partnership Program
Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada