IMPAC5 2023

February 3-9, 2023
Vancouver Convention Centre - West Building
Destination Vancouver welcomes delegates attending IMPAC5

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Indigenous Tourism BC welcomes everyone attending the 5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress.

From 3-9 February 2023, Vancouver looks forward to hosting thousands of attendees during this global forum focused on protecting the worlds oceans.

IMPAC5 will be jointly hosted by the Host First Nations—xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Swx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-waututh)—together with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and the IUCN.

Please use this site to explore opportunities to experience authentic Indigenous experiences in British Columbia.

For more information on IMPAC5, please visit: www.IMPAC5.ca

With 203 Indigenous communities and more than 30 Indigenous languages, British Columbia’s six diverse and beautiful regions offer extensive authentic Indigenous experiences. Connect with the people and languages that have spoken the land, collected the knowledge, and passed the stories of Indigenous BC for thousands upon thousands of years.

 

A vibrant Pacific port since time immemorial and home to the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh people.

Enjoy Vancouver’s celebrated nature and culture from an Indigenous perspective. Exceptional dining and engaging experiences in all directions.

Vancouver Experiences

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Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

shopping, indigenous culture, art galleries, attractions, museums & heritage sites

shopping, indigenous culture, art galleries, attractions, museums & heritage sites

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. Traditional drum songs are shared at the top of each hour. The facility is designed to evoke a traditional Squamish longhouse and a Lil'wat Istken (pit house) and is surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. This thriving cultural centre shares meaningful experiences, educating all, and lifts their two distinct cultures.

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Whistler

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Cheryl's Trading Post

indigenous culture, shopping, art galleries

indigenous culture, shopping, art galleries

Authentic hand made Native Art, hand carved cedar wall panels, Native jewelry, Authentic Cowichans, Dreamcatchers, and a wide selection of clothing. A variety of Native Art from across the Americas Turtle Island.

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Surrey

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Mr Bannock

dining & culinary tours

dining & culinary tours

Vancouver’s first Indigenous food truck Mr Bannock shares Indigenous cuisine, using fresh local ingredients and ancient cooking methods such as smoking clay and stone baking. Since 2018, Mr Bannock has catered events throughout Vancouver and has served thousands of bannock tacos.

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

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Tuckkwiowhum Village

indigenous culture, attractions

indigenous culture, attractions

Tuckkwiowhum Village (pronounced Tuck-wee-ohm) is a First Nations heritage site located in Nlakapamux territory, 5 km south of Boston Bar, British Columbia. Tuckkwiowhum Village was inspired by our desire to preserve and share the culture and traditions of the Nlakapamux people. The name Tuckkwiowhum means a great berry picking place and this area still boasts lush forests and beautiful rolling hills still plentiful with huckleberries, blueberries, and medicinal plants. Enjoy an historical adventure in BC's Fraser Canyon where you will be immersed in our rich culture. See the summer lodges, smoke house, food caches, sweat lodge, earth ovens and a winter pit house. Come to the village and just as it was thousands of years ago, you can visit with one of our respected Elders, who are happy to share our traditional stories. Enjoy a unique Tipi camping experience or enjoy a peaceful getaway in our campsite area. Our longhouse can also be rented for weddings & other special events!

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Boston Bar

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Bill Reid Gallery

indigenous culture, art galleries

indigenous culture, art galleries

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. The Gallery is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Vancouver and can be found within a short walking distance from the Canada Lines City Centre Station located in Pacific Centre or the Millenium/Expo Lines Burrard Station.

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Vancouver

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Takaya Tours

indigenous culture, paddling, boating

indigenous culture, paddling, boating

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. Tours operate from May-Oct.

Vancouver Coast & Mountains

North Vancouver

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Indigenous BC Trip Planning App

Planning a visit to British Columbia? The Indigenous BC Trip Planner App is a must-have tool for planning an unforgettable trip. Find authentic Indigenous experiences and businesses, learn common Indigenous words and phrases, and hear traditional songs, stories, and legends.

   

Indigenous Experiences in Canada

For millennia, Indigenous Peoples have called these lands home. Destination Indigenous invites you to see the beauty of nature through our eyes, experience the best of our legendary hospitality, and feel a deep connection through our shared traditions and storied history. Join Indigenous guides on a transformative journey on their traditional territories, and enjoy the wit and wisdom of storytelling handed down through generations. Indigenous tourism awaits.

Visit Indigenous Tourism Canada’s website Destination Indigenous for more information.

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