In times where society is being challenged by climate change, political polarity, and economic uncertainty we find solace in Indigenous worldviews and the positive impacts Indigenous Peoples continue to make in the integration of people, planet, and profit. Since time immemorial, Indigenous Peoples have cared for and stewarded the ecological systems through holistic and balanced approaches. They care for themselves, their families, and communities through the deep connections with environmental systems and through a traditional ecological knowledge that considers seven future generations. Indigenous tourism businesses are perfect conduits in supporting those deeply rooted values. Not only are Indigenous tourism businesses led by Indigenous, Métis, and Inuit Peoples of Canada who embody holistic worldviews, but by operating a tourism business they offer visitors an opportunity to learn from and engage in responsible tourism behaviours. 

Indigenous tourism businesses are leading a path in regenerative and are taking measurable actions towards more social and ecological business practices. 

Métis Crossing:

Métis Crossing is the first major Métis cultural interpretive centre in Alberta and is a premier centre for Alberta Métis cultural interpretation, education, gatherings, and business development. Participate in guided cultural interpretive experiences, farm-to-table Indigenous-inspired culinary dining, and interpretive programming and tours of Bison, which were returned to traditional Métis lands. 

A new partnership established by the Visions, Hopes and Dreams at Métis Crossing Wildlife Park provides an opportunity to regenerate an important grassland ecosystem. The partnership represents an important step towards reconciliation, and to welcome the return of heritage Bison species to traditional Métis lands. The return of these animals to traditional lands is symbolic of the connection between Indigenous Peoples and the land on which their ancestors once hunted and lived.

Point Grondine Park:

Point Grondine Park (PGP) has over 18,000 acres of scenic natural wilderness, old-growth pine forest and stunning river vistas nestled between the Killarney and French River Provincial Parks. Enjoy the new A-Mik-Zii-Bi interpretive trail to learn about the rich history, medicines and connection that the Anishnaabek People have to the land. 

In 2020, PGP introduced the Amik Ziibii Interpretive trail as a way for visitors to learn about traditional plants and medicines that can be found along the trail. The park has collaborative programming with Ontario Parks where neighbouring Killarney Provincial Park users can take part in guided experiences at PGP to learn about the unique flora and fauna of the region.

Homalco Wildlife Tours LP

Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours and its staff have been the stewards of the grizzly bear population in their traditional territory of Bute Inlet for over a decade. The site’s cultural and historical significance spans thousands of years, and today the community welcomes tours to view the bears, learn about their connection to the land and wildlife, and become immersed in the beauty of the inlet. Homalco established a conservation fee to further support the Homalco fish hatchery, in Orford Bay, in rebuilding native wild salmon populations to enhance healthy bear habitat, while also protecting the Indigenous roots, culture and food source of the Homalco First Nation.

Spirit Bear Lodge:

Located in the Heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, Spirit Bear Lodge offers world-class wildlife tours and Indigenous cultural experiences that are second to none. Join a tour to have exclusive access to wildlife viewing areas and cultural sites within the Kitasoo Xai’xais traditional territory. 

The Kitasoo Hydropower Project services the Kitasoo-Xai’xais First Nation community of Klemtu. It increases renewable energy generation and reduces the diesel dependency of the community while supporting population growth and economic opportunities. The Kitasoo and Xai’xais Peoples are committed to pursuing economic development opportunities that sustain the Klemtu community while protecting and enhancing the Kitasoo-Xai’xais culture and heritage. These projects are expected to reduce carbon emissions in Klemtu by about 11,160 tonnes over the hydropower facility’s operating life.