Nordicity, in association with Vector Research, has been engaged by the Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association (YFNCT) to conduct a socio-economic impact assessment of Indigenous tourism and cultural sectors. To produce a community-centred, cost-effective impact assessment of the Yukon’s unique context, the Project Team will utilize a bespoke mixed-method approach combing local expertise with global experience conducting impact assessments.
As key part of the research design and preliminary data collection phase, Nordicity attended the 3rd Advancing Indigenous Tourism Conference (AITC) hosted by YNFCT at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in Whitehorse. Sessions featured powerful stories from Indigenous tourism operators, the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada and a keynote by Senator Murray Sinclair. In addition, Nordicity hosted a breakout group on day 2, discussing the value of Indigenous tourism with a variety of key stakeholders. The conference concluded with an incredible Indigenous culinary experience, featuring locally sourced and harvested ingredients prepared by top chefs from across Canada and local Yukon Indigenous culinary leaders.
Following the development of the research tools, the team will conduct an in-depth analysis of economic contributions of the Indigenous culture and tourism sector, as well as their social and cultural impacts. For example, in addition to job creation, Indigenous tourism provides important opportunities for knowledge transfer to Yukon’s youth, a deeper connection with the land and increased opportunities to use local First Nation languages.
The project will continue with ongoing secondary research, stakeholder engagement and an online survey in early 2020. It will conclude in the spring of 2020 and Nordicity’s Project Manager for this project is Chad Rickaby: firstname.lastname@example.org