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Assembly of First Nations supports creation of national Indigenous tourism strategy – CBC

Apr 05, 2023

Indigenous Tourism Association seeks direct federal investment into Indigenous-led tourism

Delegates at the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) chiefs assembly in Ottawa this week have passed a resolution to seek resources for an Indigenous tourism strategy after the federal government’s budget last week failed to meet some expectations.

Chief Linda Debassige of M’Chigeeng First Nation in Ontario moved the resolution which passed Tuesday.

Keith Henry, president and CEO of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, said he was disappointed with the budget’s proposed tourism plan. He said he would like to see an Indigenous-led tourism strategy since there’s significant demand.

“If we want to have a competitive tourism industry for all of Canada, it is paramount that Indigenous tourism is one of the critical components,” Henry said.

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