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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:

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Patricia Dunnet
Chair

Organization: Metepenagiag Heritage Park Inc., Red Bank Lodge

Website: www.metpark.ca 

Website: www.redbanklodge.com

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Patricia Dunnet is the General Manager at Metepenagjag Heritage Park (MHP) in Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation (Red Bank) New Brunswick. MHP is a state of the art facility that celebrates Mi’kmaq culture through music, oral history, exhibits, trail tours of the traditional Mi’kmaq lands and hands on cultural activities. The park’s mandate is to preserve, protect, and promote two significant National Historic sites, the Augustine Mound, and the Oxbow, both ancient and historic sites of the Mi’kmaq dating back more than 3,000 years. . Patricia is also General Manager of the Red Bank Lodge as well as sits on the board of directors of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada and The Miramichi River Tourism Association, Culture Plus.

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Montgomery Paul
Director

Organization: Wolastoq Boat Tours & Charters

Website: www.wolastoqboattours.com

Bio

Montgomery Paul is a Maliseet Entrepreneur from Fredericton, New Brunswick. He is the acting Captain for Wolastoq Boat Tours, just one of his family businesses. He also handles a lot of the on-line and social media presence for Silvers Limousine Service and also their newest addition the Party Bus. Mr. Paul has successfully graduated from the JEDI Incubator Program in 2017, and has successfully graduated from the JEDI Accelerator Marketing Program in 2018. He also won the 2017 Innovation Challenge. He is also an elected official, as a councillor for the St. Mary’s First Nation.

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Kim Nash-McKinley
Director

Organization: St. Mary’s First Nation

Website: www.stmarysfirstnation.com

Bio

Kim Nash-McKinley, B.A. is a Maliseet woman, a former Chief and recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which she received for her commitment and dedication of over twenty years to issues that affect the off-reserve Aboriginal Peoples; provincially in New Brunswick, regionally in the Maritimes and nationally in Canada through participation in the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples.

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.

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Karen Narvey
Director

Organization: Nigmag Consulting

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Karen Narvey is a Mi’kmaq who is originally from Esgenoopetitj First Nation and now lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She started her own company Nigmag Consulting in 2010. This is a side business while she has been employed fulltime with the Province of New Brunswick, Dept. of Tourism, Heritage and Culture for 21 years. She wanted to establish her business to help First Nations people access funding for their businesses, social programs, and or grass roots projects and to continue her business when she retires. Hence, the name of her company reflects this “Nigmag” means Kinship or Family.

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.

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Shane Perley-Dutcher
Director

Organization: Aduksis Jewellery Designs

Bio

Shane Perley-Dutcher is a Wolastokew (Maliseet) mixed media artist from the Nekotkuk (Tobique First Nation) in New Brunswick. He trained at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, earning a Diploma in Natives Art Studies and Jewellery Manufacturing graduating with honours and distinctions. Shane draws his design inspiration from Wolastokiyik Traditional knowledge and contemporary aesthetics.

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.

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Carol Alderdice
Director

Organization: Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick (TIANB)

Website: www.tianb.com

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Cynthia Howland
Director

Organization: Passamaquoddy Recognition Group Inc. 

Website: www.qonaskamkuk.com

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Lynne Francis
Director

Organization: Elsipogtog First Nation

Website: www.elsipogtogband.ca

 

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Robert Bernard
Special Advisor

Organization: Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC)

Website: www.indigenoustourism.ca