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Why Indigenous Tourism In British Columbia Is Growing In Popularity

Award-winning journalist, travel writer and author, Mansoor Ladha, takes you on a journey of indigenous tourism in British Columbia, Meet some of the leading lights and experience why indigenous tourism in British Columbia is growing in popularity.

Award-winning journalist, travel writer and author, Mansoor Ladha, takes you on a journey of indigenous tourism in British Columbia, Meet some of the leading lights and experience why indigenous tourism in British Columbia is growing in popularity.

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ings all this wealth of knowledge of<br />

Leslie<br />

people and her family heritage to<br />

indigenous<br />

it to the wider Canadian society by<br />

impart<br />

as a First Nation Cultural Liaison<br />

working<br />

especially with the Royal B.C. Museum.<br />

Officer,<br />

as to why she has been so involved in<br />

Asked<br />

indigenous history and culture,<br />

promoting<br />

said that the passion for her culture<br />

Leslie<br />

from the legacy left behind by her<br />

came<br />

family.<br />

worked very hard to bridge the distance<br />

“They<br />

indigenous people and the<br />

between<br />

a term my great-grandfather<br />

‘Newcomers’,<br />

when referring to non-indigenous<br />

applied<br />

this inspirational legacy as a guiding<br />

With<br />

and working with many community<br />

force,<br />

Leslie provides opportunities to<br />

partners,<br />

and develop awareness and<br />

enhance<br />

for the cultural diversity within<br />

appreciation<br />

Aboriginal Peoples. As a First Nation<br />

Canada’s<br />

Liaison, Leslie relays information that<br />

Cultural<br />

a First Nations perspective from pre-<br />

reflects<br />

to post-contact history with cultural<br />

contact<br />

and integrity.<br />

authenticity<br />

developing school programs in<br />

From<br />

with the Royal B.C. Museum to<br />

cooperation<br />

cultural support for the BC<br />

providing<br />

Assembly’s Parliamentary Education<br />

Legislative<br />

Leslie provides a cultural component<br />

Office,<br />

from the stories, legends, values and<br />

derived<br />

that have been passed down<br />

traditions<br />

her family for countless generations.<br />

through<br />

WHY INDIGENOUS TOURISM IN BRITISH COLUMBIA IS GROWING IN POPULARITY<br />

people.”<br />

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Chef Shirley began her journey learning from<br />

her mother and grandmother cooking rustic<br />

comfort food using meat and poultry they raised<br />

on their farm with the freshest and finest<br />

ingredients and produce they planted, nurtured,<br />

and harvested. <strong>In</strong>spired by the world fusion<br />

cuisine, Shirley added her own unique twist to<br />

traditional recipes taught to her by Moroccan,<br />

Spanish, Middle Eastern, East <strong>In</strong>dian and<br />

Persian chefs she knew, serving these unique<br />

Global dishes to her elite dinner guests.<br />

The grand finale of the day was when we went<br />

feasting on wild sockeye salmon, traditionally<br />

cooked over an open fire on sticks by Tsawout<br />

elder, Earl Claxton. This was supplemented with<br />

freshly picked wild edibles including wild<br />

Oregon grape dressing with a Cree bannock<br />

and raven spirit bread created by Cree Chef<br />

Shirley Lang.<br />

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