Indigenous Tourism Awards

Awards Gala

Every year, a highlight of the IITC is our annual awards gala where we recognize the leaders and exceptional Indigenous tourism experiences from coast to coast to coast.  This year both the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) and Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) will be celebrating award winners on Thursday, November 14.

One ticket to the awards gala is included with every conference registration. Additional tickets for guests may also be purchased.

Award Categories

Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate an Indigenous tourism provider or operator! The finalists have now been announced! 

Check out the finalists here! 

Join us on November 14th to see who wins! 

National Awards

Most Improved Business

An Indigenous tourism business who has significantly improved its market/export readiness allowing for a stronger business opportunity and professionally demonstrates Indigenous tourism’s ability to meet and exceed consumer and travel trade expectations.

Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours Site Interpretation Micmac de Gespeg The Lund Resort at Kla ah men

Best Marketing Campaign

An Indigenous tourism business or organization that has planned and implemented an effective marketing campaign or program showing real results and leveraging paid, earned, shared, and/or owned media.

Vacances Essipit Aurora Village

Gwich’in Pride

Most Inspiring Cultural Ambassador

A representative of an Indigenous business or organization who inspires those around them in the way they represent their culture to visitors. The recipient leads by example and provides guidance and mentorship to those who are finding their path to represent their culture.

Levy Uttaq - Igloo Tourism Matricia Brown - Warrior Women Sierra Hall - Spirit Bear Lodge

Indigenous Adventure Award

This award is presented to a business that recognizes best practices in Indigenous adventure travel with a focus on responsibility and sustainability. The business must demonstrate effective sustainable management, provide social and economic benefits to the local community, respect cultural heritage, and minimize environmental impacts.

Fishwheel Charter Services Wapusk Adventure Wikwemikong Tourism

Inspiring Indigenous Culinary Award

This award recognizes a business or an Indigenous operator who is significantly raising the profile of Indigenous cuisine and food experiences.

Buffalo Point Lodge Han Wi Moon Dinner Hiawatha Catering

Regional Awards

Remarkable Indoor Cultural Experiences

Exceptional delivery of cultural knowledge and guest experience at Indigenous Cultural Centres, Museums, Galleries, Retail Stores, Food Establishments, Entertainments Centres and Spa/Retreats.

Rain Wellness Spa Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre St. Eugene Resort & Casino

Exceptional Outdoor Cultural Experiences

Exceptional knowledge and delivery of an Indigenous cultural experience and/or adventure in an outdoor environment. Outdoor Adventure, Wildlife Viewing, Outdoor Guided Tours. 

Haida Style Expeditions Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours Kiixin Tours

Outstanding Indigenous Accommodations

Providing an excellent lodging experience for guests while incorporating Indigenous themes, design elements, and/or cultural experiences.  Hotels, Motels, Accommodations, Cabins, Campgrounds, Lodges.

Chims Guest House St. Eugene Resort & Casino The Lund resort at Kla ah men

Customer Service Award

This award recognizes frontline team members in Indigenous tourism in BC, whose exceptional customer service has contributed to an outstanding travel experience for visitors. 

Allison Burns Joseph - Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre Frank Antoine & Greg Hopf - Moccasin Trails Sierra Hall - Spirit Bear Lodge