Pat Maher from Cape Breton University research interests focus on three overlapping areas: the meanings that humans take from their experiences with remote/polar regions; the pedagogical models, such as experiential learning that help people action their experiences; and the linkages to global sustainability challenges that result when humans change their values and behaviours.
Presentation Title: Eskasoni Cultural Journeys: A community-led approach to sustainable tourism development
Eskasoni First Nation is the largest Mi’kmaq-speaking community in the world and one of the five Mi’kmaw communities located on Unama’ki (Cape Breton Island), Canada. The community has been engaged in tourism development for decades, with varying degrees of success, until a new approach was considered — that being the community-led product of Eskasoni Cultural Journeys (ECJ). The presentation will share research that examined the development of Eskasoni Cultural Journeys, now a successful and award-winning program, which developed through a gradual community-led process.