Montreal tour guide highlights indigenous history – McGill Tribune

by ahnationtalk on December 5, 2018137 Views

December 5, 2018

Donovan King (BEd ‘10) is attempting to inject diversity into the tourism business. The Montreal-based guide feels that Eurocentric historical narratives monopolize the tour industry. In response, he decided to dedicate his career to counteracting those patterns of unequal representation by publicizing indigenous narratives on his tours.

As a history and English teacher in Montreal, King often took his students to see the city’s monuments, and, after receiving reprimand for giving tours without a permit, King did some research online and decided to apply for a permit of his own. Throughout the application process, King noticed significant barriers to participation for indigenous peoples and omissions of indigenous history. By law, local guides must complete a 240-hour program at the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Quebec, which King feels is incomprehensive.

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