Montreal, June 22, 2018 – Québec Aboriginal Tourism and DestiNATIONS welcome the public announcement made by Valérie Plante, Montreal’s mayor, at a press conference earlier yesterday, showing her support for the creation of an Indigenous cultural and tourism embassy in Montreal. This announcement made on National Indigenous Peoples Day endorses the advocacy initiatives undertaken by both of the above-mentioned organizations in the last years. What great acknowledgement on this National Indigenous Peoples Day!
If it comes to fruition, this major infrastructure project will ensure Indigenous presence in the heart of the city. Its mission will be to provide a platform for promoting and spreading the Indigenous cultures of Quebec’s 11 Nations, to offer a world-class recreational tourism experience into the Indigenous world through a high-end immersive, interactive and technological approach and to boost the visibility of Quebec’s Indigenous tourism enterprises.
This project has demonstrated economic viability as well as its importance as a hub to promote, share and raise awareness about the various cultures of Quebec’s 11 Nations. It is now ready for take-off. In March, Quebec’s government mentioned the Indigenous legacy project in its 2018-2019 budget.
“Mayor Valérie Plante’s announcement reaffirms her commitment to build harmonious and lasting relationships with the First Nations and Inuit. Her support is essential in paving the way for a platform in Montreal where Indigenous culture and art are showcased as a testimony to our historic and current presence. A strong statement which confirms Montreal’s status and commitment as a city of reconciliation.”
– Chief Ghislain Picard
Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador
“Montreal’s mayor has made a historic and groundbreaking move by announcing her support on National Indigenous Peoples Day. We are grateful for her leadership and commitment in taking this step towards reconciliation. We now hope that the governments too will follow in the same footsteps and walk the talk.”
– Steeve Wadonhandik Gros-Louis
Quebec Aboriginal Tourism Chair
Sources and information:
Patricia Auclair, QAT Operation Manager
Tel: 418 254-5067 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Moyal, DestiNATIONS Executive Director
Tel: 514 909-1864 Email: email@example.com
About the promoters
DestiNATIONS is a major Indigenous infrastructure and cultural outreach project conceived and supported by the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy NETWORK (800 individual members and 150 organizations). The three levels of government, the AFNQL and the Makivik Corporation sit on its board. DestiNATIONS has been voted as a cross-cutting priority of the NETWORK and was incorporated in 2014 after a thorough and conclusive feasibility study. Its business plan, updated in 2015, confirms its economic viability as an innovative social enterprise. http://www.desti-nations.ca/
Quebec Aboriginal Tourism is the sectoral tourism association recognized by the provincial ministry of tourism as the official representative of Indigenous tourism and by the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador as the key interlocutor for tourism. Dedicated to the marketing of Indigenous tourism experiences and products, Quebec Aboriginal Tourism provides the Indigenous tourism entrepreneurs of Quebec with a representative body that safeguards their interests, supports their development and offers a range of products and services that promote business development, improve business practices and increase their visibility in tourism markets. Founded over 27 years ago, Quebec Aboriginal Tourism is the country’s first provincial tourism association. http://www.tourismeautochtone.com/
In Quebec, the number of Indigenous tourism enterprises has more than doubled since the early 2000s. Each year, Indigenous Quebec welcomes 1.2 million visitors, sustains about 3,500 jobs and generates an estimated $169 million in economic benefits.