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Nordicity to Lead Socio-economic Impact Assessment of Indigenous Culture and Tourism in Yukon; Attends Advancing Indigenous Tourism Conference (AITC)

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 WhitehorseSessions featured powerful stories from Indigenous tourism operators, the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada and a keynote by Senator Murray SinclairIn 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 aincredible 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 impactsFor example, in addition to job creationIndigenous 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: crickaby@nordicity.com  

Nordicity is a leading international consulting firm providing private and public-sector clients with solutions for Economic Analysis, Strategy and Business, and Policy and Regulation across four priority sectors: arts, culture and heritage; digital and creative media; information and communication technologies (ICTs) and innovation; and, telecommunications and spectrum. With offices in Ottawa (HQ), Toronto, Vancouver and London, UK Nordicity is ideally placed to assist our clients to succeed in the rapidly evolving global markets.