IITC Agenda

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!

Tuesday, November 12th
Wednesday, November 13th
Thursday, November 14th

Registration Open

Cultural Tours

Cultural Tour

Three cultural tours are available to choose from each territory:

  • Secwepemc Cultural Tour
  • Syilx Cultural Tour
  • Nlakapamux Cultural Tour

Tour runs from 7:45 am to 12:30 pm; lunch is included. To learn more about the available tours, click here.

Annual General Meeting – Indigenous Tourism BC

Optional Session

Open to members and the public, Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) will be hosting its annual general meeting. To learn more about ITBC, please visit their website: IndigenousBC.com

Annual General Meeting – Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association

Optional Session

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) will be hosting its annual general meeting. To learn more about TOTA, please visit their website: totabc.org

Annual General Meeting – Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada

Optional Session

The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) will be hosting its annual general meeting. To learn more about ITAC, please visit their website: IndigenousTourism.ca

Welcome Reception

Indigenous Culinary Event

Sample a variety of traditional and modern cuisine from some of Canada’s top Indigenous chefs. Welcome reception starts at 7:00 and the event runs to 10:00pm.

Please note that this is a ticketed event. One admission is included with each conference registration. Additional tickets for guests may be purchased separately.  

Breakfast

Break

Official Grand Opening of IITC 2019

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

Introduction of the Emcee & VIP Delegates.

ITAC Acceleration Strategy: Year 1

Keynote Speaker

Keith Henry

President & CEO

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada

Highlights of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada’s (ITAC) achievements in the past year including updates on key performance indicators and new video releases.

Nutrition Break and Tradeshow Open

Break

Tourism Industry Association of Canada Townhall

Panel Discussion

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) Townhall series engages small to medium-sized businesses on the efforts being made on national tourism issues.

Lunch and Tradeshow

Break

Jordin Tootoo

Keynote Speaker

Jordin Tootoo

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

The first Inuk player in history to be drafted by the NHL, Jordin Tootoo announced his retirement after 13 years in the league to give back to the communities he knows and loves. Sponsored by Lavin Agency, Tootoo is bringing a message of inspired inclusivity, speaking to the need for real teamwork—at work and in our social communities. A trailblazer on and off the ice, Tootoo’s talks offer a moving and timely discussion of grit and resilience, goal setting, overcoming adversity in the pursuit of excellence, and how life can be improved through meaningful stewardship.

Shaping Indigenous Tourism

Plenary

ITAC is committed to leading Indigenous tourism development both domestically and internationally. In partnership with Tourism HR Canada, ITAC has developed an accredited system for understanding the development needs of individual businesses to support growth and identify opportunities.

Development Breakouts (TBA)

Breakout Sessions

These breakout sessions will be curated and designed to represent every level of business from Doors-Open to Export-Ready.

Topics may include training, HR, raising capital, and designing an experience.

Nutrition Break and Tradeshow Open

Break

Developing Indigenous Culinary Tourism

Plenary

Indigenous cuisine is in high-demand from both domestic foodies and international travellers. This session provides an overview of the new Indigenous culinary tourism strategy, including a discussion of what has been done so far and what is coming soon.

Closing Remarks

Free Evening

Break

Breakfast

Break

Breakfast Keynote (TBA)

Keynote Speaker

Speaker to be announced.

Partnering for Sustainability - TOTA's Experience

Plenary

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) has partnered with several organizations to help create a more sustainable tourism destination. These partnerships are both Indigenous and non-Indigenous and focus on growth for future generations. As a result, TOTA became the first tourism destination in North America to become accredited as a Biosphere Certified Destination.

Nutrition Break and Tradeshow Open

Break

International Partnerships and the Importance of Sharing Best Practices

Panel Discussion

The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) has developed relationships with international Indigenous tourism partners to support the development of Indigenous tourism economies. This session will highlight these international initiatives and the importance of sharing best practices globally to support Indigenous tourism development.

Lunch and Tradeshow Open

Break

Lunchtime Presentation

Presentation

A special presentation sponsored by Travel Manitoba.

International Media: Sharing your Stories

Plenary

International media are keen on learning about the real stories and the connection to Indigenous tourism operators. Learn how to work with international media and how to pitch your stories.

Partnering Provincially to Build Indigenous Tourism - ITBC's Experience

Panel Discussion

Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) will lead a discussion on the importance of partnerships (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) and working together to advance Indigenous tourism in British Columbia.

Marketing Breakouts (TBA)

Breakout Sessions

These breakout sessions will be curated and designed to represent every level of business from Doors-Open to Export-Ready.

Topics may include content creation, social media, packaging, pricing, and public relations.

Nutrition Break and Tradeshow Open

Break

Future History

Keynote Speaker

Sarain Fox

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

Future History celebrates the reclamation and revitalization of Indigenous knowledge. It explores the diverse perspectives and knowledge within the Indigenous community to create a deeper understanding of our shared history while looking forward to a brighter future.

Closing Remarks

Indigenous Tourism Awards & Cultural Performances

Join us for an evening of celebration!  Doors open at 6:30. The celebration begins at 7:30 and goes until 11:00pm. The event includes:

  • Plated Dinner
  • Awards presented to local and national recipients
  • Cultural Performances

Please note that this is a ticketed event. One admission is included with each conference registration. Additional tickets for guests may be purchased separately.