Indigenous Tourism

Presented to an Indigenous-owned tourism business or operator who delivers an exceptional culturally-based travel experience that is respectful of the ecological, cultural and economic integrity of the host community or area. The product is authentic and promotes or advances Indigenous culture with goals to educate visitors and generate or stimulate economic activity in the region.

National Indigenous Residential School Museum of Canada

The Indigenous-owned and operated facility aims to educate visitors, preserve the culture and the history of Indigenous peoples, and to move healing journeys forward for the community. Survivors and elders share their cultural teachings with groups and participate in activities like ribbon skirt making, Washing of the Tears ceremonies and Indigenous language teachings.

Agowiidiwinan Centre

An integral part of our shared journey toward reconciliation, the Agowiidiwinan Centre is a leading authority for people seeking a better understanding of Treaties and the relationship between First Nations and Canada. Located at The Forks, it features educational displays where visitors can learn about Treaty-making from the pre-contact period to the present. Working closely with its Council of Elders, the fully Indigenous team also welcomes guest speakers to the inclusive space.

Wyndham Garden Winnipeg Airport

Wyndham Garden Winnipeg Airport sets out to create opportunities for Indigenous Peoples to share knowledge and expertise as the first Indigenous-owned hotel in Winnipeg, located on the first urban reserve in the city–Long Plain Madison Reserve on Treaty One Territory. The hotel has both Ojibwe and English signage, all areas of the hotel are suitable for smudging and the walls are adorned with murals and paintings by Long Plain community member, Gary Meeches. The Knowledge Keepers’ room is a designated space for ceremony and storytelling, Kookum’s Corner supports community members and the gift shop sells local artists’ work.

Prairie Berry

A Métis-owned strawberry farm in Glenlea, Prairie Berry launched a farm-to-table dining experience featuring locally sourced ingredients, providing guests the opportunity to learn about the connection between the land and the food they consume. Prairie Berry respectfully brings Indigenous traditions, cultural practices and cuisine to the forefront of these events, all while supporting the success of fellow Indigenous entrepreneurs, chefs and community.

Borealis Beading

Owned and operated by Melanie Gamache, a francophone Métis beadwork artist/artisan, Borealis Beading celebrates the rich traditions of the Métis People. At the heart of its immersive experiences is the idea that beadwork, food and nature can share the stories of Métis culture and history. Through storytelling and hands-on activities, Borealis Beading creates lasting memories for tourists and promotes awareness of the Métis peoples’ contributions to Canadian culture and history.