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ITAC supports the launch of a new Indigenous culinary tourism strategy


November 13, 2019, (Kelowna, Syilx Territory, BC ) – The launch of the Indigenous Culinary of Associated Nations (ICAN) along with a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) will result in a deeper understanding of the power of Indigenous food and a broader connection with Indigenous culture, offering visitors an enriched culinary tourism experience.

Launched with a vision for a world where Indigenous food is not a dish served for one but a cultural feast and celebration of Nations, ICAN is dedicated to sharing Canada’s diverse Indigenous food, culinary and cultural experiences with the world. The MOU between ITAC and ICAN will become a strategic framework to support, develop and market Canada’s diverse Indigenous culinary experiences, and in turn, foster the growth of Indigenous culinary tourism on a national level.

“Food is a powerful way to connect people with place, and it also plays an integral role in tourism,” says Keith Henry, President & CEO of ITAC. “Providing a countrywide platform for communities and regions to develop and share Indigenous culinary experiences will result in greater awareness and appreciation for Canada’s talented Indigenous chefs and offer international visitors more reasons to explore our Indigenous communities and heritage.”

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WestJet announces $100,000 commitment to help grow Indigenous Tourism across Canada


Three-year strategic national partnership with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada signed 

November 13, 2019, (Kelowna, Syilx Territory, BC (IITC)) – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) has significantly increased its wingspan after a $100,000, over three years, commitment from WestJet was announced today, during the International Indigenous Tourism Association Conference in Kelowna, Syilx Territory, BC (IITC).

Indigenous Tourism Awards Gala – Finalists Announced


Every year, a highlight of the IITC conference is our annual awards gala where we recognize the leaders and exceptional Indigenous tourism experiences from coast to coast to coast. This year, both the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) and Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) will be celebrating national and regional award winners on the evening of Thursday, November 14. The evening will also include a plated dinner and cultural performances.

Keith Henry Represents ITAC in Queensland


This past week, President & CEO of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), Keith Henry, was honoured to visit Queensland, Australia to represent Indigenous tourism in Canada. During his visit, Henry presented at the Destination IQ forum, sharing perspectives about growing Indigenous tourism in Canada and best practices. He also met with the Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development, and the Commonwealth Games.