The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) has announced programming for its International Indigenous Tourism Conference. The annual event will be held this year from November 12 to 14 in Kelowna, BC, on the traditional territory of the Syilx Nation, in partnership with the Nlakapamux and Secwepemc Nations, Tourism Kelowna, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, and Indigenous Tourism BC.
Under the conference theme “Inspire. Transform. Unite. Accelerating Indigenous tourism growth.”, presenters will focus on inspiring communities and entrepreneurs to explore tourism as an economic driver. “Transform” focuses on the impacts of Indigenous tourism on visitors and Indigenous operators alike. “Unite” speaks to the power of partnerships and coming together to empower the Indigenous tourism industry.
Highlights of the three-day event include keynote speakers Jordin Tootoo, first Inuk player in the NHL, and Sarain Fox, host of Future History on APTN, as well as local cultural tours, networking opportunities, and the Indigenous Tourism Awards.