Laveau is the first Aboriginal person to be appointed to this Canadian Crown corporation
April, 19 2017, Huron-Wendat territory (Wendake, QC) – Following a transparent, merit-based process, Dave Laveau became the first Aboriginal person to be appointed to Destination Canada’s Board of Directors. The honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, announced eight appointments to this prestigious board through a press release this morning after a selection process that factored in gender equality and Canadian diversity. The appointment of Dave Laveau undoubtedly gives another platform for the leaders of the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC), Québec Aboriginal Tourism (QAT) and our industry to express their views.
It is our pleasure to welcome Brenda Holder and Shirlee Frost as Directors on our Board.
Brenda is assuming the role of our Alberta representative on the Board as Lori Beaver has left the Board and is now working for ATAC as Regional Coordinator for Alberta. Brenda is the owner of Mahikan Trails, an ATAC member business, and has many years of experience in developing her tourism business and has received many awards for her work.
March 22, 2017, Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, BC) – The Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC) applauds the support and sustainable funding announcements for tourism in Federal Budget 2017.
As a part of today’s budget announcements, the government will invest $8.6 million in funding over four years starting 2017-18 through the department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, supporting the development of the authentic Aboriginal tourism industry in Canada.
AdventureELEVATE in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, April 11 – 14, 2017.
ATAC is pleased to announce our ongoing partnership with the Adventure Travel Trade Association. As a part of this partnership, we are pleased to offer two scholarships for two ATAC member businesses to join ATAC Director of Marketing, Dené Sinclair at the upcoming AdventureELEVATE Conference being held in just a few weeks in Coeur D’Alene Idaho, April 12 -13, 2017.
For two days Aboriginal tourism operators and owners will attend a capacity building workshop designed to help Aboriginal tourism entrepreneurs establish and grow their businesses. The training is funded by ATAC and will be held at the Aboriginal-owned Grey Eagle Resort in Calgary, Alberta which is owned by TsuuT’ina Nation.
The ATAC Team has started work on 2017/18 Guide to Aboriginal Tourism in Canada, which will be produced in time for 2017 Rendezvous Canada in May. ATAC will feature the businesses defined as “market ready” and identified through our marketing membership program. If you would like to be a part of this important guide, check out the information on our membership page and see if your tourism business or association qualifies for a marketing upgrade.
Jan. 26, 2017, Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, BC) – The board of directors and management team of the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC) have outlined their 2017 priorities following a successful meeting in Calgary, AB.
Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada unveils fourth video in series
Jan. 9, 2017, Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, BC) – The fourth and final installment in the Power of Aboriginal Tourism video series produced by the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC) focuses on the strength of the connection between outdoor experiences and Aboriginal culture and history.