Business Development Panel highlights Indigenous Tourism during economic development forum

Luke Wassegijig, supervisor at Wikwemikong Tourism, in the course of the Organization Improvement Panel on Day 2 of the Anishinabek Country Economic Growth Alternatives Forum 2023, held Oct. 24-26 at the Quattro Resort and Convention Centre in Sault Ste. Marie. – Shots by Laura Barrios

By Rick Garrick

SAULT STE. MARIE — Rising options throughout numerous sectors have been highlighted through the Business Advancement Panel presentation on Oct. 25 at the inaugural yearly Anishinabek Country Economic Growth Possibilities Forum 2023. The Discussion board was hosted by the Anishinabek Country Financial Improvement Section from Oct. 24-26 at the Quattro Resort and Conference Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., to showcase its initiatives and individuals of its member nations, offer actionable insights and calls to action, and emphasize procedures and funding alternatives from Ontario and Canada.

“Our technique … has been about desired destination progress, which then turned into company improvement,” says Luke Wassegijig, manager at Wikwemikong Tourism. “Hearing the presentation yesterday about telling our story, I preferred to make certain that we convey to our story and notify our story through our lens for the reason that once more, by way of colonialism, through Residential University, it is crucial to know the operate we do is about altering a colonial narrative and we do it by way of Indigenous tourism.”

Wassegijig states their mission and eyesight has been to make a basis for sustainable tourism improvement that will situation Wiikwemkoong as a four-year vacation spot.

“We’re performing that by establishing high quality sector-ready solutions, products and services, and functions that will aid the advancement of the Indigenous tourism on Manitoulin Island and Killarney,” Wassegijig states. “In this publish-COVID earth and publish-Kamloops planet, we have identified so quite a few domestic travellers that were being searching for a authentic experience and actually

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