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Term: 2019-2023 Organization: Mahikan Trails Website: Mahikan.caShow Bio Hide Bio
Brenda follows her lineage as a traditional Métis guide from the Kwarakwante and Aseniwuche Winewak of Jasper/Grand Cache and a descendant from the Michel First Nation. Brenda is a Professional Interpretive guide with the Interpretive Guide’s Association and is an active advocate of Aboriginal Tourism through her company Mahikan Trails.
Term: 2018-2022 Organization: Yukon First Nation Culture and Tourism Association Website: YFNCT.caShow Bio Hide Bio
Yadultin & Dūsts’ā̀dle, is Inland Tlingit/Tagish Khwáan from the Carcross/Tagish First Nation; belonging to the Dakhl’aweidí Clan under theTagish Keét Hít (Killerwhale House) in the Southern Yukon Territory. She presently serves as President of the Yukon First Nation Culture and Tourism Association. She has taught First Nation Governance at Yukon College and works closely with many Indigenous communities as a consultant focusing on Indigenous self-determination. She continues to teach engaging workshops for Government on indigenous history, land claims, self-government for 20 years and for numerous First Nation Governments and organizations.
Marilyn leads a traditional dance group; the Dakhká Khwaán Dancers, recipients of the National Indigenous Tourism Award and nominated for an Indigenous Music Award in 2018. Marilyn was honoured by the Governor General of Canada as a recipient of the Polar Medal for Cultural Reclamation. She has earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Alaska and a M.A. in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria.
Term: 2018-2022 Organization: Indigenous Tourism Ontario Website: IndigenousTourismOntario.caShow Bio Hide Bio
Kevin Eshkawkogan is the CEO of Great Spirit Trail, a tourism company, composed of a hotel and conference centre located on Manitoulin Island and the Sagamok region in Northeastern Ontario, Canada. The Great Spirit Trail offers nature-based and cultural tourism from an Aboriginal perspective including adventures ranging from relaxing day trips and educational cultural workshops to wilderness eco-adventures via canoe and horseback.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Term: 2018-2022 Organization: Qalipu First Nation Website: ExperienceQalipu.caShow Bio Hide Bio
Tara Saunders works as the Tourism Development Officer for the Qalipu First Nation which, with almost 23,000, is one of the biggest First Nations in the country.
Tara currently oversees the implementation of the Nation’s five-year tourism development strategy; Experience Qalipu. This strategy focuses on developing market-ready cultural experiences and other tourism products throughout the Mi’kmaq communities on the island of Newfoundland, connecting the visitor to the vibrant culture of the Mi’kmaq people and forming strong partnerships within the industry to lead to a strengthened economy and culture.
Tara is a proud community member and is passionate to find strategic ways to work together to showcase all Indigenous communities of Newfoundland & Labrador to the world.
Term: 2019-2023 Organization: Moccasin Trails Website: MoccasinTrails.comShow Bio Hide Bio
Frank Antoine is the co-founder of Moccasin Trails, a cultural tourism company based in Kamloops, BC. He worked at Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort for more than a decade and was vital in the development and marketing of authentic Indigenous cultural tourism programs and projects in the Skwlax community.
He is a strong cultural ambassador and proud to share the traditional knowledge he carries. Frank has sat on a variety of tourism boards, including the Adams River Salmon Society, Shuswap Trail Alliance, Hat Creek Society, McAbee Group, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, as well as Indigenous Tourism of British Columbia.
Term: 2019-2023 Organization: North Star Adventures Website: NorthStarAdventures.caShow Bio Hide Bio
Joe Bailey, of the Dené people, is the principal owner of North Star Adventures and is the primary guide working directly with the guests in Yellowknife. Joe has had the opportunity to experience many exciting and sometimes harrowing northern adventures from being raised in a tent in -40C to tracking grizzlies and being chased by black bears.
Bailey is committed to sharing Indigenous culture with people from around the world and honouring Indigenous heritage.
Term: 2019-2023 Organization: Metepenagiag Heritage Park Website: MetPark.caShow Bio Hide Bio
Patricia Dunnet is the General Manager at Metepenagjag Heritage Park (MHP) in Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation (Red Bank) New Brunswick. MHP is a state of the art facility that celebrates Mi’kmaq culture through music, oral history, exhibits, trail tours of the traditional Mi’kmaq lands and hands on cultural activities. The park’s mandate is to preserve, protect, and promote two significant National Historic sites, the Augustine Mound, and the Oxbow, both ancient and historic sites of the Mi’kmaq dating back more than 3,000 years.
Term: 2019-2023 Organization: M&N Resort Website: WaterhenResort.caShow Bio Hide Bio
Kelly Fiddler is Cree from Waterhen Lake First Nation in North West Saskatchewan. Mr. Fiddler holds a Bachelors of Commerce and Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan. He is currently the Interim CEO of the Waterhen Lake Development Corporation which owns and operates the M&N Resort, a Cabin & RV site rental business on Waterhen Lake.
Kelly believes the potential for Indigenous tourism in the area is great for its band members and thus hopes through his role to encourage and support more Indigenous tourism through both entrepreneurship and band expansions and acquisitions.
Term: 2018-2022 Organization: Quebec Aboriginal Tourism Website: QuebecAboriginal.comShow Bio Hide Bio
With an educational and professional background in tourism and the promotion of Indigenous culture, Jason Picard-Binet is the Marketing Advisor at Quebec Aboriginal Tourism since October 2017.
A graduate in tourism, Jason held several jobs connected to Indigenous tourism: tour guide, officer in charge of wildlife management at an outfitter’s, officer in charge of welcoming visitors in the Montmorency Forest. When the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations opened its doors in 2008, he was hired as Sales and Banquet Coordinator. In 2010, Jason joined Tourism Wendake and became in charge of sales and marketing development for the entire tourism infrastructure of the Huron-Wendat Nation. He was also actively involved in media relations, in the publication of the tourism guide and in the creation of the website to promote Wendat culture in Quebec, the rest of Canada and abroad.
Jason has the ideal skillset to empower Quebec’s Indigenous tourism enterprises with sustainable and authentic business practices that meet international standards while increasing their visibility to the travel trade and media of markets targeted by the association.
Term: 2018-2022 Organization: Kluskap Ridge RV & Campground Website: KluskapRidge.caShow Bio Hide Bio
Darrell Bernard owns and operates Kluskap Ridge RV & Campground with his wife Sharon, and in partnership with Austin & Rosemarie Christmas. Darrell has spent most of his life living the traditional way of his people. Darrell has performed for nearly 30 years with the Mi’kmaw Drum Group, Sons of Membertou. The Sons of Membertou have performed traditional and contemporary music, both nationally and internationally.
Darrell is a retired civil servant having served his community of Membertou as a council member for 26 years. He has also served on the board for the United Way and is a proud dad and grandfather.
Term: 2018-2022 Organization: Wapusk Adventures Website: WapuskAdventures.comShow Bio Hide Bio
David Daley is a Métis man, and long-time resident of Churchill, Manitoba. David and his wife Valerie have worked hard to become a part of Churchill’s tourism industry including owning and operating the Wapusk General Store (hand-built by Dave) and Wapusk Adventures Dog Sled Camp (paw-built by Dave’s dogs).
Dave serves his community as the Chairman of the Churchill Métis Local, President of the Churchill Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Manitoba Indigenous Tourism Advisory Committee for the Province of Manitoba.
Prince Edward Island
Term: 2019-2023 Organization: Indian Art & Crafts of North America Website: IndianArtPEI.comShow Bio Hide Bio
Doreen Sark’s main business is the owner of Indian Art & Craft of North America, a retail craft business located on Lennox Island, Prince Edward Island. Indian Art & Craft of North America was started in 1972 by Elder Ray Sark primarily as a showcase for locally made ash splint baskets and has expanded over the years to include products created by Indigenous artists from throughout North and South America.
Doreen has served as the Chair of PEI’s Western Tourism Association for 15 years and served as a founding member of the North Cape Coastal Drive Tourism Partnership. She is a long-time member of the Tourism Industry Association of PEI and served on the board for 8 years. She currently serves as the chair for the Lennox Island Development Corporation and has received numerous awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award for Business from the Ulnooweg Aboriginal Development Corporation for Atlantic Canada, Lt. Governor’s Award for Excellence and Premier’s award for outstanding leadership in the tourism industry.