June 9, 2021
As we pause to take in the reality and the horror of a mass grave of Indigenous children, we must ask how things must change going forward. It is time.
The Inuit, Metis and First Nations peoples are the foundation of our country. We need to honour them, their traditions, and their beliefs.
In Canada, we honour and respect two languages. We lead a way of life that we and our ancestors brought with us from our countries of origin. But as Canadians, we also need to honour the languages and the cultures that came before us.
In everything we do, we need to remember the history of our nation – and the people who lived here first. We need to incorporate their traditions, their lessons, and their point of view in everything we do.
In the tourism world, we need to stop thinking of Indigenous tourism as a niche market. We need to honour the people that walked here first, the stories that defined their way of life, and the lessons we can learn from them about caring for Mother Earth.
We need to adopt and respectfully align our efforts with the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a reconciliation framework.
As we remember the children, as we work to be more inclusive, as we go forward, TIAC is committing to learn more from our Indigenous cousins and will work to include Indigenous traditions and teachings in our work.
President & CEO
Tourism Industry Association of Canada