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The former Chief of Long Plain First Nation and current Chair of Tribal Councils Investment Group will oversee North America’s first national full-service Indigenous-owned travel and tourism agency
WINNIPEG, MB, July 26, 2022 – Indigeno Travel, North America’s first national full-service Indigenous-owned travel and tourism agency, today announced the appointment of Dennis Meeches as Chair of Indigeno Travel’s Board of Directors.
“We are delighted and privileged to welcome Dennis as Chair of Indigeno Travel,” said Phil Sproul, CEO of Indigeno Travel. “As former Chief of Long Plain First Nation and chief spokesperson for the seven Treaty One First Nations, Dennis has created hundreds of jobs for Indigenous people and, with his guidance, we are determined to create hundreds more.”
A driving force in Indigenous economic development, one of Meeches’s crowning achievements has been his role in developing urban reserves in Winnipeg and Portage La Prairie and the redevelopment of the old Kapyong Barracks, now named Naawi Oodena, in the heart of Winnipeg.
“I have worked alongside Dennis for twenty-five years,” said Tim Daniels, Chief Development Officer of Treaty One Development Corporation, an Indigeno equity partner, “and under his leadership the Long Plain First Nation has come to be recognized as an economic force in Canada with the development of its two urban reserves, creating opportunities for generations to come.”
Daniels continues: “Indigeno’s main purpose is to create meaningful careers for our people, and we could not have a more perfectly suited person to help make those goals become a reality.”
“I am thrilled to have been appointed Chair of Indigeno Travel,” said Dennis Meeches. “I thank the Board of Directors for their confidence in me, and I trust we can take Indigeno Travel to new heights. We can, and we shall!”
About Indigeno Travel
Indigeno Travel Company is a business with a social mission: to provide industry-leading service in retail and corporate travel while sharing profits with its Indigenous partner-owners and the Indigenous community; creating rewarding careers for its Indigenous employees; and helping the world beat a path to Canada’s hundreds of exciting Indigenous tourism destinations. Indigeno provides businesses, institutions, governments and individuals with valuable and rewarding opportunities to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #92 for Reconciliation through business and commerce. Headquartered in Treaty 1 territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with offices in Edmonton and Brockville ON, Indigeno is the first and only national, full-service majority Indigenous-owned travel and tourism company in North America, if not the world.
Chris Maxfield, 204-226-5440, [email protected]
Dennis Meeches, 204-871-7676, [email protected]
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