Authentic Indigenous

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The Authentic Indigenous designation is granted to Indigenous owned and operated businesses who offer compelling, culturally appropriate Indigenous tourism experiences.

The designation helps travellers identify these experiences throughout the province and acknowledges that they are contributing to the revitalization and preservation of local Indigenous cultures and languages.

To receive the Authentic Indigenous designation from Indigenous Tourism BC, experience providers must go through a thorough assessment and fulfill the program’s requirements and criteria which include but are not limited to:

Experience is Indigenous owned and operated

Experience offers quality Indigenous cultural content

Experience practices sustainability that protects both culture and environment

Easy Identification:

Authentic Indigenous experiences can be identified by the Authentic Indigenous logo:

   Authentic Indigenous logo

At the time of the program launch in May 2019, four businesses were authenticated. Learn about these experiences and what makes them remarkable and Authentic Indigenous below.

Indigenous Tourism BC is looking forward to showcasing many more experiences in the months to come.

Are you an Indigenous owned and operated business that would like to receive the Authentic Indigenous designation? Learn more here.

Authentic Indigenous Experiences

Haida Style Expeditions

Haida Style Expeditions is the first Haida-owned and -operated business in Gwaii Haanas in more than 25 years. Owned by twin brothers James and William Cowpar, this community-based cultural adventure expedition company on Haida Gwaii values community relationships.

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Sea Wolf Adventures

Sea Wolf Adventures is the business venture of hereditary Kwakawaka’wakw Chief Mike Willie from the remote community of Kingcome Inlet. The cultural tour company asserts Kwakawaka’wakw title and rights through continued and thorough occupation and use of traditional lands.

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Haida House at Tllaal

Business at Haida House at Tllaal embodies the Haida principle of Tl’lyahda or making it right. In the late 2000s, new owners converted the private inn into a trophy-bear hunting lodge. The Council of Haida Nation called for the end of recreational bear hunting on Haida Gwaii in 1995 and the Nation’s economic development arm, Haida Enterprise Corporation (HaiCo), bought the property and retired the last remaining bear hunting license.

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Spirit Bear Lodge

Owned and operated by Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation, Spirit Bear Lodge is a successful model for conservation-based, cultural, and transformative tourism. The Kitasoo/Xai’xais people manage their territory and the lodge with emphasis on conservation and stewardship.

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Skwachàys Lodge

The first Indigenous boutique art hotel in Canada was opened by Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS) in June 2012.  The socially responsible accommodation and gallery showcase Indigenous art and culture.

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Salmon 'n' Bannock

At Salmon ‘n’ Bannock, food is culture. The warm venue hosts honest and positive conversations that support reconciliation and Indigenous cultural sustainability.

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