Innovations in Community Based Research and Management for Sustainable Indigenous Tourism Development

This symposium will promote discussion and action in innovation in community based research and management for sustainable Indigenous tourism development in Canada. The 2 day event will take place April 12th-13th 2017 at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, British Columbia. The symposium will feature Indigenous keynote speakers and a range of speakers presenting sustainable indigenous tourism research.

This research symposium will be interactive with participants being able to attend the event in person or online as it will be hosted live.  A virtual think tank will allow participants to share ideas, innovations, and news. Discussion before and after the event will also be made possible through our various social media platforms. The poster session will also allow student participation. Details on the poster session and how to apply can be found at

The research symposium will be delivered by Ryerson University and the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, in partnership with the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA), the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC), Vancouver Island University, University of Tasmania, Cape Breton University and Canadian Ecotourism Services. The event has been funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The symposium will foster Indigenous tourism and will also celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

Registration for the symposium is now open. Register before February 28th, 2017 for early bird pricing. If you cannot make the event in person register for the online webinar.

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The Sustainable Indigenous 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).