Marketing | Leadership | Development | Partnership
ITAC is proud to support the development of the Indigenous tourism industry in Canada through programs targeted to Indigenous-owned or controlled tourism businesses at all stages of development, as well as to existing and new regional Indigenous tourism associations. Browse our current programs at https://indigenoustourism.ca/corporate/. Contact ITAC for more information at Info@IndigenousTourism.ca.
The 2020 ITANB Board of Directors is as follows:
Organization: Metepenagiag Heritage Park Inc., Red Bank Lodge
Organization: Wolastoq Boat Tours & Charters
Organization: St. Mary’s First Nation
Nash-McKinley has twenty-five years of serving on a variety of Boards and Commissions at the local, provincial, regional and national levels; experience as Chief Executive Officer for various non-profit organizations and currently a board member on the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce and on New Brunswick Health Council. Nash-McKinley is a member of the Indigenous Clean Energy Network since May 2017; this is a collaborative network designed to support Indigenous communities embarking on clean energy projects.
Nash-McKinley has served on the Advisory Council for Violence Against Aboriginal Women and has served as the inaugural Anglophone Co-chair for the New Brunswick Voices of Women’s Forum; and is an advocate for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls. Nash-McKinley has shared her skills and knowledge with her communities in a variety of sectors and is currently employed as the Director of Economic Development for St. Mary’s First Nation.
Organization: Nigmag Consulting
Karen has served as Project Executive in Product Development in Tourism for 12 years, 1 year secondment with Post- Secondary, Employment, Training and Labour (PETL) in Aboriginal Education and back to tourism for three years in digital assets in Content and Web Site Development. She was appointed to the Heritage Branch at Archaeological Services as a Mi’kmaq Heritage Specialist in 2013. Since then she serves as an ex-officio board member for the Metepenagiag Heritage Park Inc. and is currently seconded to the Heritage Park as a coordinator to help implement a five- year business strategy and the repatriation of artifacts back to the community
Karen has always been employed with Indigenous businesses and or non-profit organizations from Toronto, Ontario, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and has settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick since she graduated from St. Thomas University in Native Studies.
She enjoys serving on the Indigenous Tourism Association of New Brunswick (ITANB) and the Pan-Atlantic Working Committee on Indigenous Tourism (PAWCIT) on a volunteer basis. Indigenous tourism is her passion and would like to see the First Nations communities gather their resources and talents to participate in the tourism industry to showcase their culture and heritage.
Organization: Aduksis Jewellery Designs
After graduating from NBCCD and from the Atlantic Business College, Shane created his business Aduksis Jewellery Designs and continues to grow the Aduksis Brand and challenge himself as a mixed media artist and jewellery designer, with custom pieces found in private and public collections across Canada and internationally.
Shane uses natural traditional materials such as birch, cedar, spruce, and ash in his work. He also uses non-traditional materials like copper, silver, gold and platinum to create unique lines of jewellery and one of a kind sculptural pieces. Shane gathers his traditional materials for his art because it maintains his connection to the land. Building on this relationship will always be part of his creative journey.
Shane is also an elected leader in his home community of Wolastoqiyik Neqotkuk and as a Councilor, uses creativity through various projects to inspire change.