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Corporate Retreats and Team Building

The Power of Indigenous Knowledge - get your team closer to cultural sensitivity and leadership in diversity and inclusion

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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 Tourism BC operators represent diverse Indigenous Peoples and Cultures, and the longest business history in present-day BC. Indigenous businesses share knowledge on sustaining the economy –the wellness of the house – in a way that is inclusive of all, including guests and the environment. Build relationships with Indigenous partners, connect to the land, and let Indigenous peoples in BC bring you and your team closer to cultural sensitivity and leadership in diversity and inclusion

Whether you are looking to implement Truth and Reconciliation calls to action in your organization or First Nations principles of learning in your classroom, Indigenous tourism operators in BC provide opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and learning. Indigenous hosts in BC hold space for church groups, classrooms, lawyers, healthcare workers, government employees, and all groups interested in learning from Indigenous Peoples. 

Renew and deepen your relationships with Indigenous Peoples in BC and commit to learning more about diversity and inclusion practices that are informed by Indigenous experience, knowledge, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action

 

Team and Corporate Retreats

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. 

Haida House at Tllaal

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.

Location: Haida Gwaii

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Klahoose Wilderness Resort

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.

Location: Desolation Sound

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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.

Location: Klemtu

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Skwachàys Lodge Hotel and Gallery

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

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.

Location: Chase

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Tin Wis Resort

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.

Location: Tofino

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St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino

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.

Location: Cranbrook

 

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Kwa'lilas Hotel

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.

Location: Port Hardy

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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. 

 

Sea Wolf Adventures

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.

Location: Port McNeill

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Coastal Rainforest Safaris

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.

Location: Port Hardy

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Takaya Tours

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.

Location: Vancouver

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Moccasin Trails

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.

Locations: Kamloops and Kelowna

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Talaysay Tours

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.

Location: Vancouver

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Great River Fishing Adventures

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.

Location: Chilliwack

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Haida Style Expeditions

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.

Location: Haida Gwaii

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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.

Nk'Mip Cultural Centre

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.

Location: Osoyoos

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Haida Heritage Centre

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.

Location: Haida Gwaii

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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

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.

Location: Whistler

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Bill Reid Gallery

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.

Location: Vancouver

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Nisga'a Museum

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.

Location: Laxgalts’ap

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U'mista Cultural Centre

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.

Location: Alert Bay

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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.

I-Hos Gallery

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.

Location: Courtenay and Online

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Totem Design House

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.

Location: Courtenay and Online

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

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.

Location: Whistler and Online

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Wildflowers & Co.

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.

Location: Campbell River and Online

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Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery at Skwachàys Lodge

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.  

Location: Vancouver and Online

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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.