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Qalipu First Nation implementing plan aimed at experiential tourism – The Western Star

by ahnationtalk on August 7, 2019323 Views


Economic development is one part of it, but Tara Saunders will stress that indigenous tourism is not about the selling out of culture.

“It’s also cultural development, cultural preservation,” said Saunders, the tourism development officer and team lead for tourism and culture with the Qalipu First Nation.
“It gives a new generation a purpose to be involved in their culture and to think about cultural protocols and authenticity in a new way. And ultimately in that education to visitors it leads to reconciliation.”

It’s about demonstrating a new side of the indigenous population in Canada, she said.
“It’s reconciliation in action and it’s cultural preservation, cultural promotion. It’s more than just economic gains.”

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