Tara Francis's Indigeneast Art Studios is having its grand opening August 1st in Shediac, NB. You can RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or through the event page at Porcupine Quill Medallion Workshop. ... See MoreSee Less
On Tuesday, July 12, 2021, the Federal Government of Canada announced an investment of a minimum of $50M from the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) to be invested in Indigenous tourism projects. Keith Henry, President and CEO of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), will be hosting a webinar to discuss what this means for Indigenous tourism businesses, Indigenous tourism provincial/territorial partners and ITAC.
“The Government of Canada demonstrated their commitment to the importance of investing in Indigenous tourism in Canada,” said Keith Henry, president and CEO of the ITAC. “This is a very significant direct commitment for Indigenous tourism businesses, Indigenous Tourism Provincial/Territorial Partners and the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada. We are working out the two-year implementation details and will be moving quickly to support our Indigenous tourism industry recover and rebuild.”
Henry will be hosting the webinar on his personal Facebook Live Page on Thursday, July 22, 2021, @ 1:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT. The webinar will also be available to view on this webpage afterwards. ... See MoreSee Less
Check out the Sacred Arts shop at St Mary's First Nation next to the Two Nation One Stop, featuring handmade art from Wolastoqey artists including beadwork, paintings, clothing and more. ... See MoreSee Less
We appreciate the cancelation of Canada Day celebrations in municipalities across New Brunswick after the recent discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves on the grounds of the Kamloops and Marieval Residential Schools. We encourage New Brunswickers to take July 1st as a solemn day to reflect upon Canada’s legacy of colonial violence and on the role they can play in future reconciliation efforts.
For those who are looking for alternative activities next weekend, we encourage you to attend Oromocto First Nation’s Pow Wow on July 2-3. All are welcome to take part! The event will include traditional Pow Wow dance lessions, a free BBQ, a Sunrise Ceremont along the banks of the Wolastoq river, and a traditional feast. ... See MoreSee Less
June is Indigenous History Month. With summer here, and the recent re-opening of our provincial borders, we at the Indigenous Tourism Association of New Brunswick would like you to fill your senses with exciting Indigenous Tourism experiences offered in New Brunswick.
A recent research project conducted by the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) found that tourism is the most important type of economic development to First Nations communities in New Brunswick. Recent tourism endeavors in Indigenous communities have placed a focus on cultural authenticity and integrity – tourism can be a way for Indigenous people to share and cultivate their history, traditions, and stories with the rest of the world.
This summer Atlantic Canadians can experience authentic Indigenous cultural attractions such as Wabanaki Tree Spirit, where Cecelia Brooks and her son Anthony take visitors on a walk through the old growth forest of Fredericton’s Odell Park, sharing knowledge of local flora and fauna and its culinary, medicinal and ceremonial uses. Visit the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq Cultural Centre and take part in the Heritage Path Tour, try your hand at traditional Mi’kmaq Basket-making, and peruse handmade First Nations artwork. Experience 3000 years of Mik’maq history at the Metepenagiag Heritage Park, a community home to two National Historic sites – see Mik’maq artists hard at work creating a replica of the famous outfit presented to Captain Henry Dunn O’Halloran by the Miramichi Mik’maq Chiefs handmade by Mi’kmaq women in 1841.
Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation) has been building an art studio over the last couple years, with a beautiful round construction and a custom hand-carved cedar door. This studio is set to open in late July and will be a home for creativity in the community, with Wolastoqey artists creating, sharing, and selling art. Multimedia artist Angela Beek from Sitansisk First Nation is going to be doing an outdoor residency at Mactaquac Provincial Park from June 23-27. Come by the park to watch her artistic process, visit and chat with her!
Check out the Pow Wow Trail Schedule on our website to see the list of events and dates so that you can take part in the celebrations.
Are you somewhat of a foodie? Try Indigenous foods and participate in culinary traditions with Stephen Paul’s First Nations Tourism, learn how to make bannock-in-the-sand, a traveller’s delight at the Metepenagiag Heritage Park’s Ookdotaan Experience, and enjoy traditional Mik’maq cuisine at the Red Bank Lodge along the Miramichi River. For those with more of a thirst for adventure, First Nations Tourism also offers kayaking tours, and North Shore Adventures offers canoe, kayak and guided fishing tours in the “Most Beautiful Bays of the World” the Baie des Chaleurs.
These and more await you here in New Brunswick. As restrictions begin to lift and while the focus remains on domestic tourism, there has never been a better time to visit, learn about and experience Indigenous communities in New Brunswick. We have added an interactive tourism map to our website where you can view information about these tourism operators, with contact information and links so that visitors can go straight from visiting itanb.ca to booking their adventures.
Indigenous owned and operated- Wolastoq Wharf is Frederictons top seafood restaurant. Visit us for your fine dining experience. Featuring and known for many items- including complimentary bannock for all guests.
Everybody welcome 🦞