ATAC Vice Chair and QAT Executive Director Dave Laveau appointed to Destination Canada’s Board of Directors

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.


ATAC Welcomes Brenda Holder and Shirlee Frost to Our Board

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.


ATAC Applauds Tourism Announcements in Federal Budget 2017

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.


Application – ATAC Adventure Scholarship Program: 2017 AdventureELEVATE

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.


Have your Business Featured in the 2017/18 Aboriginal Tourism Guide

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.


Aboriginal Tourism Leaders Inspire Visitors Through Hands-on Experiential Teaching

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.

Keith Henry, President & CEO of ATAC with David Goldstein, President & CEO of Destination Canada

Significant New Funding, a Sold-out International Conference & New Leadership Team sets ATAC up for a Strong 2017

Photo: Keith Henry, President & CEO of ATAC with David Goldstein, President & CEO of Destination Canada 

Dec. 19, 2016, Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, BC) – A year of cross country engagement, international trade development, a sold out International Aboriginal Tourism Conference (IATC) and the December 13, 2016 Government of Canada announcement of $3.15 million towards the implementation of ATAC’s five-year national strategy has set the stage for a new year of significant growth, says CEO Keith Henry.


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