Shaping the future of Aboriginal Tourism

AtBC Strategy Shift: Festivals, Events and the Closure of the Klahowya Village Program

AtBC will not be moving forward with activating Klahowya Village in 2015. For the past five summers AtBC has lead the activation of an authentic cultural experience to showcase Aboriginal tourism products throughout BC.

AtBC Welcomes Walters Cove Resort

AtBC is pleased to welcome Walters Cove Resort, our latest Marketing Stakeholder. Walters Cove Resort is an internationally renowned fishing destination known for its incomparable hospitality, luxurious setting, and high intensity fishing.

Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism & Trade Conference 2015 (PAITC) Launches Official Website

PAITC 2015 will take place in Vancouver from September 12-14 and will focus on the positive implementation of the principles of Indigenous rights set forth in the Larrakia Declaration.

2015 Canada Winter Games: AtBC and Lheidli T’enneh Sign Statement of Cooperation

AtBC and Lheidli T’enneh, Official Host First Nation, today signed a Statement of Cooperation to formalize their working relationship during the upcoming 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC.

Rendez-vous Canada Marketing Opportunity

AtBC is pleased to announce the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada’s (ATAC) Call for Applications for eligible Stakeholders to apply for a new marketing initiative entitled Rendez-vous Canada Partners Program.

AtBC Welcomes Haida Style Expeditions

AtBC is pleased to welcome Haida Style Expeditions, the only Haida-owned and operated cultural ecotourism company operating on Haida Gwaii.

Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference set for Vancouver in September 2015

The World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) and Aboriginal Tourism British Columbia (AtBC) will host the second Pacific Asia Indigenous Tourism Conference (PAITC) in Vancouver from Sept. 12-14.

AtBC Elects Board and Holds Successful Stakeholder Meeting

Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) stakeholders attended the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Stakeholder Forum at the Quaaout Resort near Chase, BC and on the Little Shuswap First Nation’s community.

AtBC Attends Food for Thought Media Event in Whistler

The Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) hosted their development retreat in Whistler with a culinary focus on November 7, 2014 - the theme of the event was Food for Thought.

Aboriginal Cultural Tourism Introduced at Showcase in China

AtBC representatives attended Showcase Canada in China, an annual marketing event hosted by the Canadian Tourism Commission.

Launch of Authentic Indigenous Arts Initiative Supports Hundreds of Indigenous Artists across BC

The Authentic Indigenous Arts initiative will provide a simple way to clearly identify authentic Indigenous art and protection of the art as well as the artists and give clear information to the purchaser.

AtBC Statement on Media Coverage Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) board members condemn the actions by an Aboriginal tourism operator in British Columbia, Aboriginal Adventurers Canada and owner Tom Sewid, for the recent actions.

2014 BC Aboriginal Business Awards Announced

The sixth annual BC Aboriginal Business Awards have been announced by Premier Christy Clark and Keith Mitchell, Chair of the BC Achievement Foundation, the presenting organization of Awards.

Aboriginal Tourism Industry Showcased during CCTM in Charlottetown

Representatives of the former Aboriginal Tourism Marketing Circle, currently transitioning to the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC), attended the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Canadian Council of Tourism Ministers (CCTM) meeting this week in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Chinese Media Visit ‘Target Magazine’ (Part Two): August 13 to 22, 2014

The leading high-end, lifestyle Target Magazine organized a crew of journalists, videographers and photographers, as well as two influential VIP guests to join their journey through British Columbia while discovering Aboriginal culture.

Harper Government boosts Aboriginal tourism in British Columbia

On August 18th, Mark Strahl, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development announced that the Harper Government is assisting Aboriginal tourism companies in British Columbia capitalize on increased visitor demand for authentic Aboriginal cultural experiences.

Aboriginal Tourism BC Hosts Media Visit from China at Klahowya Village

AtBC has been working with Destination BC to attract the affluent Chinese traveller to British Columbia and to our Aboriginal cultural tourism experiences.

AtBC Extends Condolences to the Family and Friends of Julie Baker

The Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) board, staff and stakeholders offer our most deepest condolences to the family and friends of former AtBC board member Julie Baker.

Victoria BC’s First Annual Aboriginal Cultural Festival Demonstrates Continued Growth

After three days of dancing, singing, artisans at work, food and food demonstrations, the Aboriginal Cultural Festival in Victoria, BC closed on Saturday evening with an hour-long celebration of the region’s rich indigenous culture and a promise to return in 2015.

AtBC Annual Report 2013-14

Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) is pleased to provide the final program and financial reporting April 1st, 2013 – March 31st, 2014. The following report outlines achievements for funding provided by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), Province of British Columbia, and other corporate partners invested to support the “year 2” of the AtBC Five Year Plan entitled “The Next Phase 2012-2017.”

AtBC Travels to International Luxury Travel Market Event in Shanghai, China

AtBC CEO Keith Henry and Travel Trade Specialist Dana Schoahs represented Aboriginal Tourism BC at the International Luxury Travel Market event held in Shanghai, China.

Performers announced for Victoria’s first annual Aboriginal Cultural Festival

The main stage for Victoria’s first Aboriginal Cultural Festival will be packed with more than 30 performances, celebrating artists from across British Columbia and starting each day at 11 a.m., June 19 - 21, 2014.

AtBC Co-Hosts Successful ILTM Media Event in Shanghai

Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC), in partnership with Destination BC, hosted the first ever Aboriginal tourism media event last night at the Langham Xintiandi hotel in Shanghai, China.

AtBC Working with Chinese Luxury Market

This week the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) team is attending the 8th annual International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Asia show hosted in Shanghai. They are attending the ILTM in partnership with the Canadian Tourism Commission and Destination British Columbia (Destination BC).

Klahowya Village Celebrates the ‘Journey of the Salmon’ During Its Fifth Season - May 28th, 2014

The story ‘Journey of the Salmon’ is ready to debut on June 21, 2014 at Klahowya Village in Stanley Park along with interactive displays and customizable group tours.

Victoria BC’s First Annual Aboriginal Cultural Event Announced

From June 19 to 21, Victoria, BC will host the 2014 Aboriginal Cultural Festival, highlighting and celebrating the region’s rich indigenous culture through storytelling, artisans, dance, song and food.

World Indigenous Tourism Alliance Recognises Aboriginal Tourism Leadership

The World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) has recognised the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia for its Leadership in Indigenous Tourism Organisational Development, consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Principles of the Larrakia Declaration.

International Aboriginal Conference Concludes with Celebration of BC’s Aboriginal Tourism Leaders

Two days of intense discussions among 300 delegates and representatives from nine different countries during the 2014 International Aboriginal Tourism Conference (IATC) concluded with the Aboriginal Tourism BC (AtBC) industry awards, honouring outstanding tourism leaders from across the province.

BC’s Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort offers cultural and spiritual journeys with Sea Wolf Adventures

Responding to the growing demand for authentic indigenous tourism experiences, Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort has partnered with Sea Wolf Adventures so guests have the opportunity to explore the rich culture and history of BC’s coastal First Nations throughout the Broughton Archipelago and the Great Bear Rainforest.