Guests who attended the IATC were invited to choose one of the exciting cultural tour options with either the Painted Warriors Ranch, Spotted Elk Cultural Centre, or the Tsuut’ina Nation Culture Museum. Alternatively, guests had the option of enjoying a Talking Circle networking event at the Grey Eagle Resort ballroom that included traditional stew and bannock and performances from local First Nations and Métis dancers and drummers!
The Painted Warriors Ranch is a 100% Indigenous owned business that brings together traditional learnings and great outdoor experiences in one Indigenous cultural facility. During the winter months the ranch offers a number of specialized programs. The Painted Warriors Ranch was recently featured for its unique Indigenous cultural experiences.
The Spotted Elk Cultural Camp is a family run business. The camp’s successful business ventures include: cultural tours, meeting space, catering, and cultural demonstrations. The Spotted Elk Tours offer traditional and cultural experiences that encompass past and present beliefs and practices. The camp has expanded over the years to include the Brown Bear Woman Meeting Centre and dance arbor.
The Tsuut’ina Nation Culture/Museum is preserving the community’s proud culture and history for their future generations though the center. This new community museum symbolizes the sacred circle and the eternal continuation and unity of all living things. The museum is a dedication to Tsuut’ina Elders as the Nation continues the circle of knowledge with the youth. The Tsuut’ina Nation Cultural Museum houses many important community artifacts on display, including Chief Bullhead’s original story blanket from the time of the signing of Treaty 7.
The International Aboriginal Tourism Conference (IATC) offered an evening to ‘mix and mingle’. The networking event created an atmosphere for a more traditional perspective of a ‘talking circle’.
Hosted at the Grey Eagle Resort, the networking reception offered delegates the opportunity to grow professional networks. The chef at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino created a traditional stew and bannock, fantastic sweets and traditional mint tea for the occasion.
The highlight of the evening was performances from local First Nations and Métis dancers and local drummers!