Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), (Vancouver, BC) – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is proud to share that two ITAC members are part of the incredible lineup at TED@Destination Canada on February 23, 2023. 

Destination Canada and TED are producing 14 TED Talks from the brightest speakers and biggest changemakers connected to Canada. The theme of the event is O P E N and speakers will take the stage at the TED Theater in New York City to record their talks so they can be shared globally. 

“I am so pleased to see ITAC members and Indigenous voices part of this excellent collaboration,” says Keith Henry, President and CEO of ITAC. “I am honoured to witness each of their talks delivered by the other brilliant speakers and applaud Destination Canada and TED for creating this event that acknowledges Indigenous innovators.”  

Speakers and their ideas represent all regions of our country, a span of generations, a wealth of backgrounds and a diversity of perspectives. Their ideas will spark conversations that will help drive Canada and the global community forward. ITAC members featured include:

Cohen Bradley of Indigenous Tourism BC is a Haida cultural ambassador, traditional performer, master of ceremonies, writer and Indigenous guide, melding culture and tourism. 

Matricia Bauer leads Warrior Women and her traditional name is: Isko-achitaw waciy / ᐃᐢᑯ ᐃᐦᒋᑕ ᐘᒋᕀ, which translates to “she who moves mountains.” She is a tour guide, singer, drummer, speaker and artist who has shared her culture in hundreds of schools across Alberta.

Other Indigenous performers include:

Silla — of Silla and Rise — is an Inuit duo blending divergent styles of traditional and contemporary katajjaq (throat singing) across a wide range of genres. Performing together since 2005, Silla members Charlotte Qamaniq and Cynthia Pitsiulak hail from Iglulik and Kimmirut Nunavut, respectively.

Attendees of TED@DestinationCanada will receive Indigenous gifts in their welcome kits, and for the full lineup for speakers at TED@DestinationCanada, please read more here