Exciting news this week from the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) as they announced Jordin Tootoo, the first Inuk player in the National Hockey League (NHL) and founder of the Team Tootoo Fund, as a speaker at the International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC), which takes place in Kelowna, November 12 to 14, 2019.

“Being an Indigenous leader, I believe it’s important to open up the dialogue surrounding the various issues Indigenous communities are dealing and offer support in any way that I can,” says Tootoo. “I’m excited to be a part of a conference like IITC, that is working to inspire Indigenous people and their communities.”

Tourism Kelowna was proud to collaborate with Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA), Indigenous Tourism of British Columbia (ITBC), Westbank First Nation, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, Shackan Indian Band, and Lower Nicola Band in support of the bid to host IITC. Our team looks forward to welcoming delegates to the three-day conference, with its theme “Inspire. Transform. Unite. Accelerating Indigenous tourism growth.”

“Over three days, participants will take part in workshops, panel discussions, and learn about how to support the growing demand for Indigenous tourism,” says Keith Henry, CEO and president ITAC. “Jordin will be a fantastic asset to the conference, and we’re confident he will inspire our delegates.”

Click here for more information on the 2019 International Indigenous Tourism Conference and to register.