Alberta Indigenous Tourism Summit


April 2, 2019

Building Authentic Indigenous Tourism

Join us to learn, grow and share to the first annual Indigenous tourism summit, a one-day gathering of Indigenous tourism operators and supporters sharing opportunities to build, grow and succeed as Indigenous businesses.

Indigenous Tourism Alberta has organized a full day of speakers, panels and group discussions to help you discover pathways to success in Indigenous tourism, as a community or as an independent entrepreneur. Enjoy coming together with others interested in or actively operating in Alberta’s rapidly growing Indigenous tourism industry. You will learn that significant economic opportunity can be found while respectfully sharing Indigenous cultural experiences.

Date: April 2, 2019

Location: River Cree Resort & Casino, 3000 East Lapotac Blvd., Enoch, AB, T7X 3Y3

Summit Topics & Issues

  • Indigenous Tourism in Alberta: “What is the tourism opportunity?”
  • Your Story Through Food: Indigenous Culinary Tourism.
  • Telling a Story: Creating a meaningful guest experience.


  • Building your tourism experience.
  • Indigenous Tourism Roadmap to Readiness: Your business checklist.
  • Community Readiness: Is your community ready for visitors?
  • Business Development: Growing your business offering to find new opportunities.


  • Developing inspiring Indigenous tourism marketing content.
  • Making the most of marketing channels.
  • Understanding the Travel Trade.


  • $75 for full conference including breakfast and lunch
  • $50 for elders

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Cowboy Smithx

Cowboy Smithx

Indigenous Filmmaker, Founder of REDx Talks

Cowboy Smithx is an Award Winning filmmaker of Blackfoot Ancestry from the Piikani and Kainai tribes of Southern Alberta, Canada. Cowboy is the...

Bill Alexander

Bill Alexander

Executive Chef – Grey Eagle Resort & Casino

Canadian indigenous born Chef Bill Alexander is the Executive Chef at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino located on the beautiful Tsuu T’ina...

Hal Eagletail

Hal Eagletail

Owner – Eaglestar Enterprises and Event Emcee

Hal Eagletail is member of the Northern Dene Tsuu T’ina Nation located in the Treaty 7 area of southern Alberta. He is the...

Tarra Wright Many Chief 

Tarra Wright Many Chief 

Executive Director, Indigenous Tourism Alberta

Working with the ITA Board of Directors, Tarra is responsible for ITA’s strategic business plan to build and promote authentic Indigenous tourism that...

Shane Chartrand

Shane Chartrand

Executive Chef - SC Restaurant

Shane Chartrand grew up on a farm outside of Red Deer and moved to Edmonton for culinary training.Working with award winning chefs, and...

Brenda Holder

Brenda Holder

Owner/Operator - Mahikan Trails , Indigenous Tourism Alberta - Board Chair

Brenda Holder was born and raised in the Rockies in Jasper National Park and is pleased to follow her lineage as a traditional...

Dion Redgun

Dion Redgun

Owner/Operator - River Ranche Lodge , Indigenous Tourism Alberta - Board Member

Oki my name is Dion Red Gun and my wife Cherylene and I have 12 grandchildren.I attended college and received my business administration...

Juanita Marios

Juanita Marios

Development Manager - Metis Crossing

Juanita Marois is a proud member of Alberta’s Métis Nation. She is also the Development Manager leading the Phase II expansion of Métis...

Brian Siddle

Brian Siddle

Director of Community and Content - Strong Coffee Marketing

Brian Siddle is the Director of Community and Content at Strong Coffee Marketing. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, Strong Coffee Marketing is an award-winning...


Vendor and exhibitor tables are now available for the 2019 Alberta Indigenous Tourism Summit.
The marketplace is an excellent opportunity to get yourself or your business in front of the conference attendees.

For exhibitor tables for Indigenous businesses & organizations as well as Industry and Government organizations, please purchase your table HERE.

NOTE: This opportunity to purchase an exhibitor table in the Summit Marketplace is open to any business or organization who supports Indigenous tourism in Alberta as well as Indigenous tourism businesses, retailers, gift shops or galleries selling goods on behalf of Indigenous artisans or goods produced by a third party.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Indigenous Tourism Alberta (ITA) invites you to support the 2019 Alberta Indigenous Tourism Summit as a sponsorship partner. Overall sponsorship benefits:

  • Building relationships with Alberta industry leaders, tourism operators, and communities playing a role in the development of Indigenous tourism in Alberta.
  • Website logo recognition; Official summit signage located throughout venue, and on social media wall.
  • Sponsorship acknowledgement at conference during the opening and closing of the summit.
  • Logo recognition on all conference print materials with marketing materials included in delegate bags.

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