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Indigenous Tourism Alberta hosts Chinese Consulate at Elbow River Camp

On Friday, July 12, 2019, Treaty 7 Traditional Territory (Calgary, Alberta): Indigenous Tourism Alberta (ITA) hosted The Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Calgary at the Elbow River Camp – Calgary Stampede. The visit contributed to the continuous efforts of strengthening and growing the Indigenous Tourism economy in Alberta. ITA Member were included on the tour and included; Moonstone Creation, Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino, and Mahikan Trails.  The Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China delegation included invited staff and families for a total group of 45 attendees.

An opening address was delivered by Indigenous Tourism Alberta’s Executive Director, Tarra Wright Many Chief, with introductions by the Elbow River Camp Tour Guide, Lowa Beebe of the Piikani Nation, and Clarance Wolf Leg of the Siksika Nation. The tour group viewed the Traditional Cooking Pits of the camp where they completed bannock making demonstrations, while answering questions from the group. While viewing traditional cooking methods the participants also had the opportunity to tour 3 different tipis filled with traditional regalia while asking firsthand questions to the Tipi Owners present.

The drums of the Elbow River Camp powwow led the group to the Powwow Arbor where traditional dancing, drumming and singing were taking place. The group had the opportunity to sit front row and experience the excitement from the Powwow, while also being acknowledged by the crowd and dancers alike. Following the demonstrations of the tour they were able to visit the Indigenous Artisan Booths which included various Indigenous handmade crafts, paintings and jewelry.

The Elbow River Camp Tour provided an opportunity for Indigenous Tourism Alberta to showcase and introduce the Chinese Consulate to the unique culture of the First Nations in Southern Alberta. Indigenous Business Operators were able to provide local knowledge and promotion for their Indigenous Experiences and cultural regions to the delegation.

Media contact:
Tarra Wright Many Chief, Indigenous Tourism Alberta: 403-464-0916, or tarra@IndigenousTourismAlberta.ca

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