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1 How can we make this work? Building capacity in First Nations for Tourism Development Dr. Rhonda Koster

2 Protected Areas and Rural Tourism  Some context  Lands for Life in Northern Ontario  Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area

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4 Background on the region…  Economic change  Population change  Shift in mindset  Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area = tourism opportunities – why?  But how to capitalize…

5  Eco North Conference, November 2004  Research in Onanole Manitoba June 2005  Celes Davar – Earth Rhythms  Appreciative Inquiry – shift in thinking  “What is the problem and how do we fix it?” TO:  “What do we do well? What are our successes and how can we build on them?” The History of the Workshop

6  Research with Parks Canada – Assessing Opportunities for First Nations Tourism,  The Workshop – EXPERIENCE SUPERIOR - October 2007  Purpose: 1. Learn about experiential tourism 2. Realize the natural (cultural and physical) attributes of the region 3. Learn about collaboration and packaging The History of the Workshop…con’t

7 Our Partnering community

8 The Welcome Chief Pelletier The Women’s Drum Group

9 The Workshop

10 The Invitation

11 Boreal Gems the finished product the beginning

12 Being taught the craft

13 Superior Soul Jack Mickleson – Medicine Man Sweat Lodge

14 Outcomes  Pride in and Knowledge of place  Some notes on community based tourism and community based research  Working “ON”, “FOR”, “WITH”  NO AI  tangible and practical tourism development

15 Where we are at now  Working on amendment with Parks Canada  Completing 3 phases with Lake Helen  Interviews and Surveys  Training  Strategic Plan Development  Hoping to continue with three other First Nations on shores of Lake Superior

16 Some final thoughts  Challenges of rural tourism  Working WITH First Nations  The challenges of partnership

17 Thank you! Questions & Comments? Gratitude goes to Parks Canada for supporting & funding this research


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