November 12-14, 2019 | Kelowna, BC

Way̓ x̌ast sx̌l̓x̌ʕal̓t

The people of the Syilx, Nlakápamux and Secwépemc Nations welcome you to the 2019 IITC hosted on the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx Nation.

Inspire. Transform. Unite.

This year’s conference theme is “Inspire. Transform. Unite. Accelerating Indigenous tourism growth.” Inspire encourages 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.

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Inspiring 3-day Schedule

Join us for 3 days of networking, panel discussions, breakout sessions, keynote speakers and local cultural experiences. No matter what stage your business is at, information will be shared that will help you take your business to the next level!

Jordin Tootoo

Founder of The Team Tootoo Foundation, First Inuk player in the NHL

Sarain Fox

Host of Future History on APTN, Anishinaabekwe Activist, Influencer, Performer and Dancer.

Tracey Kim Bonneau

Creator and host of APTN’s Quest Out West: Wild Food Program, Aboriginal Affairs Correspondent at Global OK news, and documentary filmmaker.

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Breakout Sessions

There will be a series of breakout sessions for every level of operator. Whether your business is Visitor-Ready, Market-Ready or Export-Ready - there will be sessions directly relevant to your business.

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Local Indigenous Cultural Tours

A local Indigenous cultural tour is included as part of your conference registration. Multiple options will be available to choose from, each highlighting a local host Nation. Visit the north Okanagan where you will be on the traditional territory of the Secwepemc people. Visit the south Okanagan to learn more about the Syilx people or experience a west Okanagan tour that brings you to Nlakapamux territory. If you would like to really experience this amazing region, pre and post-conference tour packages will also be available for purchase.

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Indigenous Tourism Awards

Every year the conference closes with the annual Indigenous Tourism Awards Gala where we recognize our industry leaders and their exceptional Indigenous tourism experiences from coast to coast to coast. We encourage all majority-owned Indigenous tourism businesses across the country and across BC to start planning their nominations now!

2019 IITC Awards

Kelowna, BC

The 2019 IITC will be held at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort, located in downtown Kelowna. The city is overflowing with breathtaking views and scenery in the gorgeous Okanagan Valley. It's a vibrant city full of culture and nightlife surrounded by provincial parks, pine forests, orchards, mountains and over 20 vineyards.

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