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Published on : Saturday, May 20, 2017
Métis skills and knowledge will get useful in business one day; little was known to Brenda Holder about this until she pin pointed some bear tracks to the British soldiers. She said in an interview on Thursday that ‘they were fascinated’. She realized that very moment about her true liking and decided to ditch the miserable job she was continuing with and started her own adventure company, Mahikan Trails, in the year 2000. “I started to realize I had some very special skills,” she recalled.
Holder delivered a speech at a conference on Thursday at the Enoch First Nation, west of Edmonton. In her opening speech, she made others optimistic and requested everyone to follow their dreams. That’s where the Alberta government has declared of investing $100,000 to create a provincial Indigenous tourist organization which will support market companies to the big tour operators in Europe and Asia respectively.
To quote Keith Henry, president and CEO of the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada, ‘certainly there is a huge visitor economy that we’re not selling to,” said which will set up the provincial Indigenous tourism body. “They don’t know of our experiences, those being the large tour operators.” Henry also discovered that more than 140 Indigenous tourism businesses in Alberta made their groundwork already and the challenge now is in getting the message out.