Conference Schedule

View Final Agenda Here: AITC Program

DAY 1: Tuesday, December 11 - Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre


8:00am

Breakfast & Registration

8:30am

Opening Prayer & Welcoming Remarks

9:00am

Setting the Stage

Keith Henry | President & CEO, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada

Keith Henry will share updates on the national research that ITAC has been undertaking, focusing in on research results specific to Yukon.

10:00am

Nutrition Break

10:30am

Indigenous Tourism Always Mattered

Kevin Eshkawkogan | President & CEO | Indigenous Tourism Ontario

11:00am

The Importance of the Cultural Entrepreneur & Authentic Indigenous Moments ™

Clinton Belcher | President & CEO | Canadian Ecotourism Services

Steve Antoine | Cultural Entrepreneur & Guide | Great Spirit Circle Trail

This presentation workshop shares a vision on how cultural entrepreneurs can use technology as an innovative platform for sharing cultural experiences (Moments) with visitors. A motivating and interactive presentation that expose some of the current challenges and awesome opportunities on how easy it is to create your own Authentic Indigenous Moments™.

12:00pm

Lunch - Catered by Shadhala Food Services

1:00pm

Sustainable Tourism - Beyond Buzzword: Harnessing Tourism to Benefit Your Community and Environment

Dan Moore | CEO | Pandion Consulting & Facilitation

The term “sustainable” is thrown out a lot when it comes to tourism. But there is little in this term that gives a company or a community a roadmap for how sustainable tourism development is actually carried out. What role does a community have at the onset to define their goals? What benefits should a community expect to receive? How are these benefits distributed or felt? What responsibilities do the outfitters and tour operators have in this process? The reality is that there are many different paths a community can take. This presentation will outline some examples of successful sustainable tourism development initiatives and provide tangible ideas that you can choose to enact in your own community.

2:00pm

Elsipogtog First Nation: Economic Development through Tourism

Lynn Francis | Director of Economic Development | Elsipogtog First Nation

2:15pm

Mi’kmaq Basket Making & Heritage Path Tour: How We Went From An Idea To Open For Business By Keeping It Simple

Anna-Marie Weir | Professional Development, Training & Project Management Services | Roads to Sea Inc.

2:30pm

Mi’kmaq Basket Making & Heritage Path Tour: What Our Tour & Cultural Centre Experience Is All About

Annie Clair | Manager | Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq Cultural Centre

The above three presentations will give insight to how the Elsipogtog First Nation in Elsipogtog, New Brunswick have approached economic development and community building through tourism.

2:45pm

Nutrition Break

3:15pm

Special Announcement with Air North, Yukon’s Airline

3:30pm

Panel Discussion: Stewardship of Land, Culture and Community Values in the Face of Tourism

Amy McKinnon | Communications Manager | Champagne & Aishihik First Nations

Marilyn Jensen | Leader | Dakhká Khwáan Dancers

Joella Hogan | First Nation of Na Cho Nyak Dun

Henry Tso | CFO | Indigenous Tourism BC

Travellers to Canada are becoming increasingly interested in Indigenous experiences. In Yukon, tourism can be a key to Yukon First Nations economic prosperity. Tourism can also happen fast - with operators and visitors seeking more than some may be ready for. But tourism doesn’t have to take over a community or region. Visitors can learn how to engage with culture, to learn respectively and to exchange and share together. As stewards of the land, culture and community values, Yukon First Nations leaders, organizations and entrepreneurs have a responsibility to ensure that our values are understood and respected. This panel will explore different experiences related to stewardship of land, culture, and community values as they relate to Indigenous people’s involvement in tourism in both Yukon and BC.

4:15pm

Closing Prayer & Remarks

6:00pm-9:00pm

Dinner & Cultural Celebration at Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre - Dinner catered by Shadhala Food Services

Join us to enjoy a delicious meal and music and to celebrate successes of the last year!

Featuring:

Dena Zagi

Boyd Benjamin

There will be jigging so remember to bring your moccasins!

DAY 2: Wednesday, December 12 - Carcross Learning Centre


8:00am

Breakfast

8:45am

Opening Prayer & Reflections from Day 1

9:00am

Welcome from the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers

9:15am

Tourism Planning - The Good, The Bad and The Reality

Conrad Browne | CEO | k’awat’si Economic Development General Partner Corporation

Davis Henderson | Tour Guide | k’awat’si Tours

Learn about how the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation invested in its community to develop tourism as part of an economic development plan that helped reinvigorate the economic heartbeat of the community.

10:00am

Panel Discussion: The Power of Transformative Experiences

Meta Williams | Kwäday Dän Kenji (Long Ago People’s Place) | Champagne, Yukon

Paul Josie | Josie’s Old Crow Adventures | Old Crow, Yukon

Dennis Shorty & Jennifer Froehling | Koa’ Tzih’ Homestay | Ross River, Yukon

Marilyn Jensen | Dakhká Khwáan Dancers | Carcross, Yukon

Keith Wolfe Smarch | Master Carver | Carcross Tagish First Nation

Authentic Indigenous experiences have the ability to be transformative. For this panel, participants will share examples of how visitors have been transformed by participating in the experiences they offer and also how being involved in tourism has been transformative for them as business owners.

10:45am

Nutrition Break

11:15am

Accelerating Indigenous Tourism Growth in Canada - Five-Year Strategic Plan Update

Keith Henry | CEO | Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada

11:25am

Yukon Tourism Development Strategy: Sustainable Tourism. Our Path. Our Future.

Hon. Jeanie Dendys | Minister of Tourism & Culture

Lisa Dewhurst | Steering Committee | Yukon Tourism Development Strategy

11:35am

A Time for Transition: Indigenous Tourism Strategy for the Yukon

Marilyn Jensen | President | Yukon First Nations Culture & Tourism Association

The three short presentations above will provide insight into the tourism strategies for the Indigenous Tourism Association of Yukon, Yukon Government, and the Yukon First Nations Culture & Tourism Association.

11:45am

Panel Discussion: The Power of Partnerships

Hon. Jeanie Dendys | Minister of Tourism & Culture

Keith Henry | CEO | Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada

Marilyn Jensen | President | Yukon First Nations Culture & Tourism Association

This panel discussion will delve further into the opportunities that arise as a result of the alignments and partnership between the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, Yukon Government, and Yukon First Nations Culture & Tourism Association strategies.

12:00pm

MOU Signing Ceremony

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada

Yukon Government

Yukon First Nations Culture & Tourism Association

12:15pm

Lunch - Catered by Melissa McGurk (Carcross Tagish First Nation)

Optional Interpretive Tour of Carcross Learning Centre Totems with Keith Wolfe Smarch

1:15pm

Indigenous Tourism & the Arts: How artists, cultural centres, galleries and retailers can make the most of tourism opportunities

Lynn Feasey | Director | Points North Creative Inc.

The arts play a vital role in providing transformational experiences for visitors. From cultural retail products to installations and programming, there are many ways the arts enrich and define the tourism experience. This means both creative and economic opportunities for artists. Lynn Feasey will talk about product development, partnerships and current initiatives that can benefit Yukon First Nations artists, cultural centres, galleries and gift shops.

2:00pm

Breakout Sessions - Take Your Pick!

Indigenous Tourism & the Arts

Lynn Feasey | Director | Points North Creative Inc.

Growing Your Tourism Business: Insights & Lessons from Business Owners

Teena Dickson | Owner | Who What Where Tours

Heather & Kelly Hougen | Owners | Timberline Wilderness Adventures

Meta Williams | Owner/Programs Manager | Kwäday Dän Kenji

Scott McDougall | Owner | Kanoe People Ltd.

Investing In Tourism

Conrad Browne | CEO | k’awat’si Economic Development General Partner Corporation

Ron Daub | CEO | Vuntut Gwitchin Limited Partnership

Sierra Van der Meer | Regional Director, Yukon | CANNOR

Logan Freese | Manager, Financial Services | däna Näye Ventures

Vanessa Innes | Senior Business Development Advisor | Yukon Government

So, You Have A Tourism Business Idea…Now What?

Shannon McNevin | Tourism Development Advisor | Yukon Government

Caili Steel | Tourism Development Officer | Yukon First Nations Culture & Tourism Association

2:45pm

Nutrition Break

3:15pm

Panel Discussion: Don’t Tell Me, Show Me: Exploring Approaches to Training and Mentorship

Conrad Browne | CEO | k’awat’si Economic Development General Partner Corporation

Henry Tso | CFO | Indigenous Tourism BC

Caili Steel | Tourism Development Officer | Yukon First Nations Culture & Tourism Association

To successfully grow Indigenous tourism in Yukon, effective training and mentorship will be important. This panel will explore different approaches to training and mentorship in both Yukon and BC. Panelists will share insights, challenges and successes.

4:00pm

Final Remarks

4:15pm

Closing Circle & Prayer