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Sustainable Indigenous Tourism Research Symposium 2017

Following the highly successful IATC 2016, Canada will now host a two-day interactive research symposium in 2017 on April 12-13 at Vancouver Island University.

The purpose of the Symposium is to promote discussion and action in innovations in community based research and management for sustainable Indigenous tourism development.

The interactive symposium will be delivered by Ryerson University and the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality & Tourism Management in partnership with WINTA, Vancouver Island University, University of Tasmania, Cape Breton University and Canadian Ecotourism Services.

Dr. Sonya Graci, Associate Professor Ryerson University said “an international research symposium which brings together Indigenous communities, academics and the tourism industry, to collectively address sustainable Indigenous tourism is long overdue. Thanks to a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the symposium will foster Indigenous tourism and will also provide a notable occasion to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday”.


“We are seeking an interactive symposium with online live hosting and interaction before and after the symposium through various social media platforms. Our virtual think tank will enable sharing ideas, innovations, and news, while the poster session will provide opportunity for student participation”, said Dr. Graci.

Mr. Ben Sherman, Chairman WINTA, said “the symposium will be one of the important opportunities in 2017 for the Indigenous tourism sector to mark the UN’s declaration of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.”

“Indigenous tourism must take its place as an integral contributor to the tourism sector’s three pillars of sustainability – economic, social and environmental” said Mr. Sherman.

The Symposium will feature Indigenous keynote speakers and a range of presenters on:

Sharing Innovations in Community Based Indigenous Tourism:

  • successful Indigenous tourism developments from across the globe;
  • community-led approaches to Indigenous tourism development;

Tools to Improve Indigenous Tourism Development:

  • research methodology founded on an indigenist research paradigm;
  • management of natural resources for Indigenous tourism;

Innovations in Sustainable Indigenous Tourism

  • a digital mobile platform that connects “authentic cultural entrepreneurs” directly with visitors;
  • a discussion panel of Indigenous tourism leaders on innovations in Sustainable Indigenous Tourism

Methodologies and Indigenous Tourism

  • inclusive and interactive methodologies that enhance participation in research projects;
  • participatory rural appraisals (PRA) methods in Indigenous tourism developments

Moving the Agenda Forward

  • Building a Portal to Share Innovations in Sustainable Indigenous Tourism
  • A Think Tank with all participants to refine the structure, governance and activities of the innovation in sustainable indigenous tourism portal.

Registrations are now open for the symposium,
with early bird registration available to 28 February 2017.

Register now for Early Bird rates!

For Further Information

The Sustainable Inidgenous Tourism Symposium 2017 is made possible by our partners and sponsors:

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This symposium is funded by the Canada 150 Connections Grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC).

** Republished from WINTA e-News 19 December 2016 **
** Featured image courtesy of Dr. Patrick Maher. Used with permission. **