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Sharing Our Culture – Aboriginal Tourism Forum 2012

by NationTalk on April 25, 2012473 Views

Dettah (April 23, 2012) – Over 70 tourism operators, entrepreneurs, government representatives, guest speakers and industry stakeholders attended the Aboriginal Tourism Forum to define, set priorities, and set the stage for future community engagement in the development of an Aboriginal tourism sector in the NWT.

The two-day industry forum was hosted by the Aboriginal Tourism Champions Advisory Council (ATCAC) and sponsored by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment. Participants shared best practices, experiences, and information about Aboriginal tourism products.Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment David Ramsay looks forward to working with the Aboriginal Tourism Champions Advisory Council on this important initiative. “The GNWT remains committed to the growth of our spectacular tourism industry, and the opportunities to expand and advance our economy at its very roots,” he said. “Of all sectors, tourism presents the greatest likelihood of creating economic opportunities in each community, especially our smaller communities. It creates jobs and businesses, and it promotes our culture and uniqueness to the world.”

The co-chair of the Aboriginal Tourism Champions Advisory Council, Ria Letcher, says it is important that all parties work with Aboriginal operators and stakeholders as they define and develop an authentic Aboriginal tourism product in the NWT. “Engaging communities will ensure that there is ownership and pride in the sharing of our land, culture and traditions,” she noted.

Co-Chair Jenni Bruce, Chairperson of NWT Tourism, says input from the forum will lead and guide members of the Champions Advisory Council. “The potential and capacity that already exists within the NWT is already energizing many people who are interested in promoting and advancing their cultures, customs and traditions in a manner that will grow awareness, understanding and sustainability,” she said.

Support for the tourism industry is a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable economic development strategy, promotes the traditional economy, and provides all communities and regions with opportunities and choices – key goals of the 17th Legislative Assembly.

For more information, contact:

Drew Williams
Policy, Legislation and Communications
Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
tel: (867)873-7857
cel: (867) 445-3739
drew_williams@gov.nt.ca

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