2017 International Indigenous Tourism Conference
November 7th to 8th
The 2017 IATC was hosted at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino, located on the Tsuut’ina First Nation, just minutes from Calgary’s downtown core. The theme of the conference was “Raising Our Voices – Building economy through Indigenous tourism and community stories.”Download the Press Release
The 2017 International Indigenous Tourism Conference Logo
The inspiration for the 2017 IATC conference logo is the Grey Eagle, a symbol that holds significant meaning to the Tsuut’ina People.
When the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino in Calgary was built in 2007, the Tsuut’ina Nation held a contest to come up with a name. Grey Eagle was chosen because of its close connection to the story of the local people.
Four Tsuut’ina Elders spoke about the powerful representation in the colours of the Eagle, which is born with white plumes on its head. When the Eagle transitions into adulthood, the plumes turn grey. At an older age, the Eagle’s plumes turn white again.
The Tsuut’ina Nation, explained the Elders, is like the Grey Eagle. In the early 1900s, the Nation went from a thriving community to near extinction from smallpox, but as the years went on the community persevered and today is now 2200 strong.
The Tsuut’ina people have not only survived, but have transitioned like the Eagle into a bold economic community.
Agenda & Presentations
The 2017 IATC conference agenda features amazing local cultural experiences, sessions and speakers – Including keynotes from ITAC President & CEO Keith Henry, Senator Murray Sinclair, Destination Canada President & CEO David Goldstein, Cowboy Smithx, founder of REDx Talks and Conrad Browne & Davis Henderson of k’awat’si Economic Development.Download the full Agenda (PDF - 3.61 MB)
The Path Forward for the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada: Year 2
President & CEO
Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada
Day 2 - Wednesday, November 8th
Creative Partnerships to Grow Indigenous Tourism
- Graham Dickson - View Presentation
Learning About Your Consumer
- Dené Sinclair, Maureen Riley - View Presentation
Marketing with ATAC: Being Ready to Tell Your Story
- Scott Roberts, Sherry Baumgardner, Dené Sinclair - View Presentation
Indigenous Tourism Awards
National Award Winners
Most Improved Business of the Year
Marketing Campaign of the Year
Most Inspiring Cultural Ambassador
Scott Hudson, Northern Lights Dog Sledding