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Ottawa Senators to Celebrate Indigenous Cultures in Canada – Silver Seven

by ahnationtalk on December 13, 2019183 Views

Dec 12, 2019

This week the Ottawa Senators announced that they would be hosting another Indigenous Culture Celebration Game, this time during this Saturday’s afternoon contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Kevin Eshkawkogan knows the importance of this issue, as it’s one close to his own heart. A member of the M’Chigeeng First Nation with ties to Wiikwemkoong Unceded Indian Reserve and Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation, all of Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Kevin is the President and CEO of Indigenous Tourism Ontario. He was a key proponent of establishing the Great Spirit Circle Trail, and since 2003, has been working tirelessly to develop Indigenous Cultural Tourism.

Kevin is also a key proponent of the people behind ITO getting involved in this year’s Celebration of Indigenous Cultures, and was kind enough to speak with me over the phone as he drove to North Bay, Ontario.

“We’re (Ontario) the largest Indigenous tourism economy in the country, we contribute over $622 million and over 12,000 jobs to the economy” said Eshkawkogan, but in listening to him, I could tell that those numbers were not his sole priority.

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