Cultural tours are included in registration fees. There is limited capacity for cultural tours.
Guests who attend the IATC are invited to choose one of the exciting cultural tour options with either the Painted Warriors Ranch, Spotted Elk Cultural Centre, or the Tsuut’ina Nation Culture Museum. Alternatively, guests have the option of enjoying a Talking Circle networking event at the Grey Eagle Resort ballroom that includes traditional stew and bannock and performances from local First Nations and Métis dancers and drummers!
The Painted Warriors Ranch is a 100% aboriginally own business that brings together traditional learnings and great outdoor experiences in one Indigenous cultural facility. During the winter months the ranch offers a number of specialized programs. The Painted Warriors Ranch was recently featured for its unique indigenous cultural experiences.
Participants will be transported by bus from the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino to Cremona, AB where the Painted Warriors Ranch is located. Transportation time: 60 minutes one way.
The evening will begin with a traditional meal of stew and bannock (vegetarian options will be available). After the meal, the group will begin their tours with the ranch’s knowledgeable guides to experience a variety of cultural activities to experience the Métis and First Nations ways of life.
The Spotted Elk Cultural Camp is a family run business. The camp’s successful business ventures include: cultural tours, meeting space, catering, and cultural demonstrations. The Spotted Elk Tours offer traditional and cultural experiences that encompass past and present beliefs and practices. The camp has expanded over the years to include the Brown Bear Woman Meeting Centre and dance arbor.
Participants will be transported by bus from the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino to the Spotted Elk Camp where they will take part in an outdoor cultural tour to showcase the winter life of the Tsuut’ina people. Transportation time: 15 mins one way.
The evening will end with a traditional meal with a unique twist, stew served in a bannock bowl (vegetarian options will be available), and a traditional dance performance.
Activities are outdoors, participants will need to dress for colder temperatures.
The Tsuut’ina Nation Culture/Museum is preserving the community’s proud culture and history for their future generations though the center. This new community museum symbolizes the sacred circle and the eternal continuation and unity of all living things. The museum is a dedication to Tsuut’ina Elders as the Nation continues the circle of knowledge with the youth. The Tsuut’ina Nation Cultural Museum houses many important community artifacts on display, including Chief Bullhead’s original story blanket from the time of the signing of Treaty 7.
Participants will be transported by bus from the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino to the museum located on the Tsuut’ina Nation. Transportation time: 15 minutes one way.
The cultural tour will begin with a dinner of stew and traditional bannock with tea/coffee (vegetarian options will be available). After dinner the tour will be divided into groups to engage with onsite activities: tour the museum with local Tsuut’ina Elders, Tsuut’ina Nation language activities, traditional hand games. Gift shop will be open and offers a selection of handmade Aboriginal arts and crafts.
The International Aboriginal Tourism Conference (IATC) offers an evening to ‘mix and mingle’. The networking events will create an atmosphere for a more traditional perspective of a ‘talking circle’.
This evening will be hosted at the Grey Eagle Resort, Ballroom, November 7, 6:00 – 8:30 pm.
The networking reception will offer delegates the opportunity to grow professional networks. The chef at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino will offer delegates traditional stew and bannock, fantastic sweets and traditional mint tea.
The highlight of the evening will be performances from local First Nations and Métis dancers and local drummers.