Indigenous Canada Blog

2018/19 Guide to Indigenous Tourism in Canada

We are pleased to share with you this year’s comprehensive guide to Indigenous tourism in Canada—available in print and online—for industry, media and visitors from around the world. Download the Guidebook here (19 MB) Interest in Indigenous tourism has grown dramatically as more travelers experience the authenticity, uniqueness and diversity of stories and products offered… 

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Christmas Shopping 2018

The holiday season is just weeks away. For some, the snow has already buried the city while for others, it is the green that dominates around the Christmas trees this year. No matter in which town or community you’ll celebrate, the important thing is, of course, to have a good time with the family and… 

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Visiting Saskatoon, Saskatchewan through Indigenous Tourism Experiences

Join Ashlyn George as she visits and gets to know her homecity, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, through the many Indigenous tourism experiences available here. Visiting Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre, and Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Ashlyn learns more about Saskatoon and falls in love with the city all over again. Visiting Saskatoon, Saskatchewan through Indigenous Tourism Experiences from Indigenous… 

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A Media Insider’s Four Takeaways from #2018IITC

Nat Geo editor-at-large and communications consultant, Norie Quintos, attended the 7th annual International Indigenous Tourism Conference held earlier this month in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Treaty 6 territory, the Homeland of the Métis. She was the consulting editor of this year’s Guide to Indigenous Tourism in Canada and co-hosted the Indigenous Tourism Awards ceremony with ITAC… 

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Indigenous Tourism Business Feature: Tundra North Tours, Inuvik

Every spring, for as long as anyone can remember, reindeer herders take thousands of the magnificent beasts across the tundra to their calving grounds. Tundra North Tours brings guests along for the ride, moving with the reindeer herd across the icy terrain. Soon, with the help of a $10,000 grant, those visitors will ride in… 

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Indigenous Tourism Business Feature: Arctic Bay Adventures, Nunavut

Every spring, Inuit guides take international visitors to Admiralty Inlet on the northern shore of Baffin Island in Nunavut to see the floe edge — a constantly moving line between ice that’s anchored to the shore and the Arctic Ocean. With nearly 24 hours of sunlight, visitors watch as enormous pieces of ice break off… 

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Traditions for a New Generation

Cultural experiences go well beyond sightseeing to promote understanding and connection. Paddling a Voyageur canoe down the Ottawa River and hearing tales of life centuries before Canada’s Parliament Buildings dominated the view. Learning to bake bannock in the sand on the shores of the Atlantic. Listening to elders in the Yukon talk about the creator… 

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Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Travelling nowadays is not only about all the beautiful things that you see, but more about the beautiful people you share your experiences with. Indigenous tourism certainly offers multiple opportunities to share moments with guide and elders that not only show an experience, but give you a glimpse into their way of life. I’ve been… 

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Indigenous Tourism Business Feature: Lac La Biche Canadian Native Friendship Centre, Alberta

From training a young person to guide visitors through ancient sites, to buying paddleboards, canoes or helping with down-payments on specialized snowmobiles for guests, the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) Tourism Development Grant Program is making a huge difference for Indigenous tourism operators from coast to coast to coast. Visitors who come to stay in one… 

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Manitoulin Island, Ontario

Working in the tourism industry, especially in the Indigenous tourism industry, has many advantages; you get to live and experience amazing products with awesome people, who you’ll learn more than a few teachings from. It really is so rewarding to share moments and learn the traditional ways of different communities and relate to what your… 

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Indigenous Tourism Business Feature: osha osha, Toronto, Ontario

From training a young person to guide visitors through ancient sites, to buying paddleboards, canoes or helping with down-payments on specialized snowmobiles for guests, the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) Tourism Development Grant Program is making a huge difference for Indigenous tourism operators from coast to coast to coast. Jenifer Rudski started her business seven… 

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2018 Guide to Pow Wows Across Canada

We’ve compiled an ultimate guide to Pow Wows taking place across Canada this year. Take a look at the dates in your area, or plan your next road trip for a unique Canadian experience! Pow Wows are ceremonial celebrations of cultural pride for all ages and provide an opportunity for Indigenous communities to gather together,… 

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ITINERARY: The Eastern Cultural Explorer

Explore Ontario and Québec on this 11-day holiday that will see you experiencing the sights and sounds of downtown Toronto, discovering the traditional territory of Six Nations, marveling at the magnificence of Montréal, and learning about diverse Indigenous communities across two very different provinces through some of the most memorable and authentic experiences available. Province:… 

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Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day!

June 21st is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and a traditional time for Indigenous Peoples to come together to celebrate their heritage and culture. June 21st is also recognized as National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada; a special day to honour the diverse cultures and unique heritage of First Nations, Métis… 

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Summer 2018: What’s New!

Make an Indigenous tourism adventure part of your summer plans with these brand new experiences. From coast to coast to coast, Indigenous tourism in Canada offers up everything from immersive multi-day wilderness experiences to a morning’s workshop. Fresh for 2018, get inspired by these gems!   Keep it Cultural at Six Nations Exciting things are… 

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ITINERARY: Haida Gwaii’s Immersive Discovery

From Vancouver, head to the “Galapagos of the North” – Haida Gwaii. In just a 1 ½ hour flight from the cosmopolitan centre of Vancouver, you will be exploring this archipelago of mystical islands, offering abundant wildlife and lush surroundings. Discover old-growth rainforest surrounded by ocean waters, teeming with sea life, and immerse yourself in… 

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Outdoor Adventures Across Indigenous Canada

The wilderness areas across Canada are rich with Indigenous heritage, teeming with stories that define Canada’s culture today. Yet to experience them fully, you need to head out into the wild. Here are some of the outdoor experiences you can have with Indigenous tourism businesses across Canada, from whitewater rapids and hiking to snowshoeing and… 

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Indigenous Experiences Along Route 97: Quaaout Lodge

British Columbia, the most western province of Canada, boasts ‘the greatest diversity of Indigenous culture’ in the country. Metis and over 200 First Nations have lived here for time immemorial, each with their own rich culture, history, and story. In the Thompson Okanagan region, Route 97 is an Indigenous ancestral trail that has been used by… 

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ITINERARY: Québec’s Cultural Getaway

Explore the hospitality of the Indigenous peoples of Québec on this cultural getaway. Immerse yourself in Montréal’s diverse cultural offerings before you head to Québec City, North America’s only walled city. Only a few minutes away, the Huron-Wendat Nation invites guests to experience guided tours, storytelling, dance performances, craft workshops and more. Province: Québec Length:… 

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Indigenous Accommodations Across Canada

To really learn about the diversity of Indigenous cultures across Canada, nothing beats staying at Indigenous-owned and operated lodgings. We have highlighted diverse options across Canada, from a lakeside lodge in British Columbia and a cozy B&B in Northwest Territories to an elegant resort and casino at the base of the Canadian Rockies.   Lakeside… 

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ITINERARY: North Vancouver Island First Nations Adventures

Leave the confines of Vancouver, and head out on the ocean via BC Ferries to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Set your sights on the northern region of Vancouver Island, which is steeped in First Nations heritage, and a variety of forest and marine life, including whales, grizzly bears, eagles and more. Enjoy spectacular coastlines, and… 

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Experience Indigenous Culture in the Heart of the City

You don’t have to head far away from the downtown core to discover more about different Indigenous cultures in Canada. Whether it’s visiting an art gallery, signing up for a guided walking tour, or even eating at an Indigenous restaurant there are plenty of ways to learn more about different Indigenous nations right in the… 

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ITINERARY: Yukon First Nations Cultural Centres and Adventures

Yukon has many cultural centers which tell the diverse stories of the many First Nation communities across the territory. While traveling, informative signs along highways and river paths will guide you through the natural history and the traditions of the land. Province/Territory: Yukon Length: 7 Nights / 8 Days Dates: May to September Route: Whitehorse… 

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Hockey Comes Home to the Mi’kmaq of Membertou

Hockey is a passion with the Mi’kmaq people, who, I discovered recently, may have had a hand in inventing the game. According to the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society in Windsor, Nova Scotia, it was Mi’kmaq carvers who made the first hockey sticks from Hornbeam trees, and in Silas Tertius Rand’s 1894 book, “Legends of the… 

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Dogsledding Across Northern Canada

For Indigenous people in the north, dog sleds provide not just transportation and companionship, but a way of life. While snowmobiles now offer an alternate mode of transportation across the snow and ice, dogsledding remains an important tradition. Dogsled teams are still used today as an effective and efficient way to get places, go on… 

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Indigenous Music and Musicians

A community’s musicians convey the heart of their culture through their stories and sounds. For Indigenous communities in Canada, music is an essential part of daily life and the backbone of spiritual, cultural and kinship beliefs. But just like Canada’s rich and varied landscapes and its complex linguistic tapestry, with around 60 distinct Indigenous languages… 

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2018 Indigenous Events Across Canada

Here is a list of some of the great Indigenous festivals and events happening across Canada this summer. The 2018 Canada Pow Wow Guide is now complete so you can start planning your summer Pow Wows. Who are we missing? Share a link on our Facebook page! Indigenous Events in Canada Manito Ahbee Festival     … 

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Embrace Winter in Canada with These Indigenous Experiences

Elsewhere in the world, winter is a time to wrap up and hide from the weather, but in Canada it’s a season to embrace. And who knows better how to have fun in the snow than Indigenous peoples who have lived on their land for centuries and share these great ideas about how to enjoy… 

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VIDEO: Indigenous Voices – Nadya Kwandibens (Nova Scotia & New Brunswick)

The third video from our Indigenous Voices video series features Nadya Kwandibens, an Anishinaabe / Ojibwe photographer who uses her work to tell vibrant and modern stories about Indigenous people from across Canada. In this latest video Nadya visits Mi’kmaq Territory in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to photograph the people and their vibrant culture.… 

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ITINERARY: Atlantic Canada Indigenous Adventures

Discover the Atlantic Canada provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Embrace the three provinces’ rich First Nations culture and Acadian history, while experiencing the stunning natural beauty of their rugged shorelines, sweeping flatlands, quaint towns, and the magnificent Cape Breton Trail. Since time immemorial, the Mi’kmaq Nation has called the Atlantic… 

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Welcome to the Indigenous Canada blog! Here you’ll find all the latest news, information, guides, activities and events across the country that celebrates our First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures. We’ll be sharing stories and things to do throughout the year, and want to encourage everyone from all walks of life to engage with the exciting Indigenous tourism industry across Canada.

Be part of the Indigenous Canada story. Share photos of your experiences on social media using the hashtag #IndigenousCanada and we’ll repost our favourites.

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