Clinton was invited to inspire and assist with facilitating the Pimachiowin Aki Tourism Sharing Session on January 10th, 2013. This event was part of Pimachiowin Aki’s AGM and was well attended by community leaders, Elders, aboriginal tourism business owners, entrepreneurs, researchers, and invited guests with background and experience in tourism development.
The purpose of the event was to share information on planning directions, activities and events related to tourism, learn from aboriginal tourism elsewhere in Canada and abroad, and identify needs and priorities to support sustainable tourism in Pimachiowin Aki. Clinton shared stories on what he’s learned over the past years and continues to learn about indigenous tourism projects in Canada and abroad and how these experiences shaped a model for aboriginal tourism development. Our Pando Terra model uses indigenous ways to create sustainable tourism development – using 7 holistic elements it empowers, encourages and supports the community and its members first; positive economic development will follow.
Pimachiowin Aki is already well on their way to establishing sustainable tourism opportunities for their region and it was great to hear about some of the challenges and opportunities they faced along the way. There are some great leaders and business mentors that will continue to pave the way for aboriginal tourism development in the region and we wish them all the best.
More information on the Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Project can be found at http://www.pimachiowinaki.org/about-us.
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