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Corporate Retreats, Meetings and Team Building

Find ways for your organization, team, or group to conduct business and improve relationships with Indigenous partners at Indigenous-owned accommodations, museums, activity providers, restaurants and gift shops.

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Find ways for your organization, team, or group to conduct business and improve relationships with Indigenous partners at Indigenous-owned accommodations, experience providers, restaurants, gift shops, and museums in British Columbia.

Indigenous businesses share knowledge on sustaining the economy – the wellness of the house – in a way that includes all, including guests and the environment. Indigenous Tourism BC operators represent diverse Indigenous peoples and cultures and the longest business history in present-day BC. Indigenous tourism operators in BC provide reflection, dialogue, and learning opportunities.

Host a board meeting, team retreat, conference, or training session in a variety of spaces from boutique
city hotels to remote rainforest lodges.

Support Indigenous economies and build relationships with your team, clients, or partners as you
balance work and play.

Build your team’s cultural awareness and values with the help of Indigenous Knowledge Keepers and
ways of knowing.

Implement Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in your organization. Share First Nations Principles of Learning in your classroom. Renew and deepen your relationships with Indigenous peoples in BC and commit to learning more about diversity and inclusion practices informed by Indigenous experience and knowledge.

Team Retreats and Meetings

At Indigenous-owned lodges, resorts and hotels.

Host a board meeting, team retreat, conference or training session in a variety of spaces from boutique city hotels to remote rainforest lodges.  Support Indigenous economies and build relationships with your team, clients, or partners as you balance work and play. 

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Haida House at Tllaal

📍 Haida Gwaii, BC
Business at Haida House at Tllaal embodies the Haida principle of Tl’lyahda or making it right. Enjoy authentic Haida excursions and all-inclusive cultural tourism packages. Exciting land, sea and air adventures. Traditional arts and cultural experiences. Gourmet cuisine, spacious accommodations, excellent service standards.

 

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Klahoose Wilderness Resort

📍 Desolation Sound, BC
An authentic all-inclusive luxury eco-resort that reflects the Klahoose traditional values and offers an immersive exploration into this pristine region rich in diverse wilderness, cultural significance and wildlife including grizzly bear viewing tours in Toba Inlet.

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Spirit Bear Lodge

📍 Klemtu, BC
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 Hotel and Gallery

📍 Vancouver, BC
The hotel is a social enterprise that provides the funding for 24 living and work studios for an Artist in Residence program in their building.

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Quaaout Lodge and Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort

📍 Chase, BC
Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort, the pride of the Little Shuswap Band, is situated on the south shore of Little Shuswap Lake. The resort provides four versatile indoor meeting rooms along with multiple outdoor venue spaces that boast stunning views of the Little Shuswap Lake.

 

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Tin Wis Resort

📍 Tofino, BC
Located on the secluded sandy beaches of Tofino on Vancouver Island, Tin Wis has 85 luxurious oceanfront rooms and offers unmatched corporate rewards, incredible stay packages and the largest island events centre on the Pacific Rim.

 

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St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino

📍 Cranbrook. BC
St. Eugene Resort  offers an important backdrop for groups to learn about Indigenous culture and world views. Once a residential school, Ktunaxa Elders reclaimed and restored the property to create the Resort, which is now a source of hope, strength, and pride.

 

 

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Kwa'lilas Hotel

📍 Port Hardy, BC
The Kwa’lilas Hotel is located in the traditional territories of the Kwakiutl people and is a demonstration of the commitment of the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations to share their history, culture and passion  in a meaningful and permanent way by showcasing and celebrating it in a beautiful, comfortable space that is representative of the community.

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Nemiah Valley Lodge

📍 Nemiah Valley, BC

The fully renovated Lodge and 7-two bedroom cabins are available for corporate retreats and can comfortably accommodate groups of 20-24.  The lodge offers meeting space, a culturally informed Indigenous menu and spectacular hiking, fishing and outdoor recreation.  Listen to the legend of Tsy’los, savour a meal cook in a traditional earth oven or participate in a healing sweat lodge ceremony.  The combination of Nemiah Valley’s spectacular nature and rich and meaningful cultural experiences shared with the Xeni Gwet’in people sets them apart from any other meeting venue in BC.

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Work-Life Balance

Learn from Indigenous Knowledge Keepers.

Dolphins at Ocean House

Build your team’s cultural awareness and values with the help of Indigenous Knowledge Keepers and ways of knowing. Explore relationships with Indigenous peoples, their lands, waters and animals. Indigenous tourism operators in BC provide the perfect getaway for your team and staff to learn and connect. 

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Sea Wolf Adventures

📍 Port McNeill
Sea Wolf Adventures connects travellers to destinations in the Broughton Archipelago and the Great Bear Rainforest for grizzly bear viewing, wilderness and wildlife experiences, and First Nations cultural tours. Your guides are well trained in tradition and wildlife guiding. They will give you a deeper experience into First Nations culture and heritage of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation. Safe. True.

 

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Coastal Rainforest Safaris

📍 Port Hardy, BC
Coastal Rainforest Safaris delivers exciting wilderness experiences by Rigid Hull Inflatable boats amongst the diverse wildlife of British Columbias Great Bear Rainforest. Departing from Port Hardy, we offer guests an immersive nature experience told from a unique, Indigenous perspective that explores our connection to the land, sea, wildlife, and the history that makes the area what it is now.

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Takaya Tours

📍 Vancouver, BC
Takaya Tours offers interpretive canoe and kayak tours in Burrard Inlet that highlight the First Nation culture of the area. Operating from bases in Cates Park (Whey-Ah-Wichen) in North Vancouver and (Tum-tay-wheutan) in Belcarra Regional Park, Port Moody. Takaya Tours offers a range of safe and exciting activities that mix outdoor adventure with an authentic interpretation of Coast Salish culture.

 

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Moccasin Trails

📍 Kamloops and Kelowna, BC
Tour the waters and lands that the ancestors have travelled for generations. Transcend yourself and experience the rich history of the Shuswap and Okanagan Indigenous territories with Moccasin Trails’ knowledge keepers and guides. The traditional landmarks will take you back to the paths they still follow today.

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Talaysay Tours

📍 Vancouver, BC
Talaysay Tours specializes in authentic cultural experiences. Activities include Talking Trees Walking Tours and Spoken Treasures Walking Tours, nature and history walks, hikes, snowshoe tours and Indigenous cultural events and performances.

 

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Great River Fishing Adventures

📍 Chilliwack, BC

Great River Fishing Adventures is the leading provider of fully guided fishing charters on the Fraser River and its surrounding tributaries. Whether you are looking for an individual, group or corporate fishing adventure, let their proven team of expert fishing guides ensure you have an incredible experience.

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Haida Style Expeditions

📍 Haida Gwaii, BC
Haida Style Expeditions is a Haida-owned and operated, family business practicing sustainable tourism on Haida Gwaii. They provide a variety of cultural tours into Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, Marine Conservation Area, and Haida Heritage Site. Guests will have the opportunity to visit ancient village sites, meet the Haida Gwaii Watchmen, watch for wildlife, and experience nature.

 

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Education and Workshops

Build your team’s Indigenous awareness and cultural sensitivity through workshops and education.

Indigenous museums, cultural centres and activity providers share spectacular places, interpretive areas, and opportunities to build your group’s Indigenous awareness and cultural sensitivity through hands-on education and interactive workshops.

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Nk'Mip Cultural Centre

📍 Osoyoos, BC
The spectacular Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre (pronounced in-ka-meep) is a state-of-the-art interpretive centre is an architectural marvel sensitively constructed into a hillside. Extensive indoor and outdoor exhibit galleries create a fun, interactive learning environment with hands-on displays, education stations and two multi-media theatre experiences. Discover the fascinating stories of Canada’s only desert and share in the rich living culture of the Okanagan people.

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Haida Heritage Centre

📍 Haida Gwaii, BC
The Haida Heritage Centre at Ḵay Llnagaay celebrates the living culture of the Haida people. Through language, art and stories they share the relationship with the land and sea that which shapes, nourishes, and sustains. It’s a perfect place to learn and can accommodate large groups and conferences.

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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

📍 Whistler, BC
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is a three-story, 30,400-square foot award-winning cultural centre designed to blend the traditional Squamish Longhouse with the Lil’wat Istken. Cultural Ambassadors share their knowledge and stories with guests, augmenting the information shared throughout the centre’s curated collection of artifacts and contemporary pieces. This thriving cultural centre shares meaningful experiences, educating all, and lifts their two distinct cultures.

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Bill Reid Gallery

📍 Vancouver, BC
The Bill Reid Gallery is the only public Gallery in Canada dedicated to contemporary Indigenous Northwest Coast Art and honours Bill Reid by exhibiting the Bill Reid SFU Art Collection as well as presenting special exhibitions and programs that build bridges between all peoples, including Indigenous and settler populations.

 

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Nisga'a Museum

📍 Laxgalts’ap, BC
With a design inspired by traditional Nisga’a longhouses, feast dishes, and canoes, the 929-square-metre museum opened in Laxgalts’ap, 150 kilometres northwest of Terrace, in the spring of 2011. The heart of the Nisga’a Museum is the Ancestors’ Collection contains a stunning array of exquisitely carved masks, bentwood boxes, headdresses, soul catchers, and other works of art acquired from Nisga’a people during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

 

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U'mista Cultural Centre

📍 Alert Bay, BC
U’mista Cultural Centre is one of the longest-operating and most successful First Nations cultural facilities in BC, founded in 1980 as a ground breaking project to house potlatch artifacts which had been seized by government during an earlier period of cultural repression. The return of the potlatch artifacts not only provided U’mista’s name (‘the return of something important’), and sparked a general trend toward repatriation of First Nations and cultural artifacts, it caused the creation of a physical facility and human resources infrastructure which have been successfully operated for over two decades.

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Corporate and Ceremonial Gifting

Indigenous art galleries and gift stores supply gifts that give back to the people and lands you are working with and on.

Looking for corporate gifts for staff, event attendants, business partners, or specific work with Indigenous communities? Indigenous art galleries and gift stores supply gifts that give back to the people and lands you are working with and on. Putting your business dollars into local Indigenous organizations is another way to acknowledge whose land you are on. Remember – you are always doing business in Indigenous territories.

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I-Hos Gallery

📍 Courtenay and Online
I-Hos Gallery presents a collection of traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast artwork, including masks, prints, gold and silver jewelry, wood carvings and more produced by First Nations artists. I-Hos Gallery is Band owned and operated by K’omoks First Nation. The gallery deals directly with all of First Nation artists and provides you with all legends and artist biographies. I-Hos Gallery is Band owned and operated by K’omoks First Nations.

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Totem Design House

📍 Courtenay and Online
Totem Design House disseminate cultural knowledge through their products. Most products are produced in house and materials are sourced close to home. With every purchase Totem Design House is contributing to Copper Legacy Indigenous Empowerment Society. This non-profit was created to support a number of Indigenous programs and projects.

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The Gallery & Gift Shop at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

📍 Whistler and Online
The Gallery & Gift Shop at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre specializes in authentic and exclusive handcrafted Northwest Coast First Nations merchandise.  Their unique selection of First Nations merchandise range from handcrafted works of art, to home accents, clothing and accessories, jewellery, pottery, baskets, books and souvenir merchandise.

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Wildflowers & Co.

📍 Campbell River and Online
Wildflowers & Co. is an Indigenous woman owned and operated e-commerce shop located in Campbell River on  Vancouver Island, BC. They support small shops, women in business, and Indigenous small business owners and offer local and high-quality products for women and children including apparel, jewelry, home decor, artwork, and more.

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Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery at Skwachàys Lodge

📍 Vancouver and Online
Skwachàys Lodge is Canada’s first Indigenous Arts Hotel and has diligently worked to provide guests with first-class services and a platform to showcase local Indigenous art and culture. At the street level, the Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery features Indigenous artwork which includes original paintings, framed limited edition prints, jewelry, pottery, wood carvings, giftware and so much more, purchasing most of its original work from local artists.  

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Transportation Services

Travel by land or air with Indigenous-owned services.

Indigenous airlines are ready to take you to popular and out-of-the way destinations in BC. Book a scheduled flight or get in touch to charter a personal flight to travel to your chosen location with your own private group of passengers. Looking for tailored travel by land? Work with Indigenous bus charters on a customized itinerary for your group.

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Indigenous Caterers for Your Meetings and Celebrations

Seek out an Indigenous catering service provider for your next event, retreat, or meeting.

Seek out an Indigenous catering service provider for your next event, retreat, or meeting.  From buffet-style dining to bagged lunches, tailored food choices can bring Indigenous food experiences to your team or organization. Choose to support local Indigenous restaurants, cafes, and caterers for your next quiet meeting or lavish event.

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Songhees Foodtruck & Catering

📍 Victoria, BC
From galas & fundraisers to gourmet boxed lunches, dynamic receptions, parties, & weddings, their talented team is always happy to create custom menus with seasonally inspired ingredients and locally grown goods that are sure to impress! Indoors in a private home or an outdoor festival open to the public, the Songhees team will wow your guests with west coast cuisine & traditional indigenous flavours. Menus are tailored to accommodate each event’s personal style and needs.

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Salmon n' Bannock Bistro

📍 Vancouver, BC
Looking for a unique cuisine to share with your colleagues? Want to share a bit of the West Coast with a potential business partner? Invite them to a meal they’ll never forget. Our selection of Fish and Game Meats will wow them. Have your meeting catered or sit down in our dining room and let us take care of the rest.

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Thunderbird Cafe (Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre)

📍 Whistler, BC
The SLCC’s in-house Catering Department specializes in local seafood, free range game meat and, of course, bannock, baked fresh daily. We use traditional ingredients that are prepared and presented with a modern flair. All-inclusive menu packaging allows us to work with you in seamless ease from menu planning to on-site event execution. In the spirit of First Nations’ traditions, our intention is to provide a gathering place where the focus is honouring your special event with a fantastic feast.

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Mr. Bannock

📍 North Vancouver, BC
Enjoy classic Indian tacos and other modern fare featuring traditional ingredients and cooking methods. Mr. Bannock offers live cooking demos, customizable food and beverage menus for parties and meetings, and on-site catering. Bring Indigenous food to your next event with their mobile food truck.

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Jack Sam’s Restaurant (Quaaout Lodge)

📍 Chase, BC
Quaaout Lodge can cater your event, whether reception, plated dinner, family style or buffet. The lodge focuses on using the bounty of the Shuswap to help make your event or meeting unique authentic and unforgettable.

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Kekuli Cafe

📍 West Kelowna, BC

Kekuli Cafe offers catering from their fast-casual Indigenous menu, including dessert bannock and fresh-roasted Spirit Bear Coffee and the franchise’s famous golden bannock. Bannock is the showstopper in an array of desserts, Indian tacos, and fresh sandwiches and salads. Choose from fare that features Indigenous ingredients like saskatoon berries, wild sockeye salmon, or venison for your next meeting or event. Vegetarian and vegan options are available.

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Kekuli Cafe

📍 Merritt, BC

Kekuli Cafe offers catering from their fast-casual Indigenous menu, including dessert bannock and fresh-roasted Spirit Bear Coffee and the franchise’s famous golden bannock. Bannock is the showstopper in an array of desserts, Indian tacos, and fresh sandwiches and salads. Choose from fare that features Indigenous ingredients like saskatoon berries, wild sockeye salmon, or venison for your next meeting or event. Vegetarian and vegan options are available.

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