In 2016, the Qalipu First Nation developed a comprehensive Tourism Strategy together with a Five Year Implementation Plan. This Tourism Strategy, branded as Experience Qalipu, aligns its objectives with the economic evolution of Qalipu First Nation. It is designed to contribute in a coordinated and synergistic way to on-going community capacity building, to offer new opportunities for personal and business growth and to reinforce the credibility and profile of the Band to tourism customers and a broad range of potential partners. The Strategy recognizes the singular nature of Qalipu: as the largest by, membership, and newest Band in Canada; as a Band without reserve land; as First Nations people spread across nine Wards and deeply entrenched in the broader community. Already this year, Qalipu has begun the implementation phase of its strategy; building the Experience Qalipu brand, developing wayfinding signage, developing plans for territory gateways and other infra-structure development projects, and providing tourism training to member businesses and organiza-tions. Qalipu is currently planning an Indigenous Tourism Forum scheduled for May 4th in Steady Brook. To register for this event please click above, or call Nicole Companion at 709 634 8043
Afternoon Session: Connect your Visitors to Story with Dynamic Interpretation with Cal Martin
Cal Martin lives and breathes interpretation. For over 25 years, he has connected people and places through interpretive programming, signage, and ex-hibits. Ranging from front line interpreter to manager, Cal has worked for Parks Canada, Manitoba Provin-cial Parks, the Vancouver Aquarium, Assiniboine Park Zoo, and MetroVancouver Regional Parks.
Thoroughly passionate about interpretation, he has presented at numerous national and international conferences, and delivered training to over 50 muse-ums, parks, and sites. Cal has also published arti-cles in Interpscan and Legacy magazines, and writes for the international interpretive blog Media Platypus.
Cal has been on the National Executive Board of Interpretation Canada since 2003, holding the posi-tions of Chair, Past Chair, and Treasurer.
Qalipu Indigenous Tourism Forum
May 4th, 2017
Marble Inn, Steady Brook
8:00-9:00 AM Networking Breakfast
9:00-9:30 AM Tara Saunders and Ralph Eldrdige present Qalipu Tourism Strategy
9:30-10:15 AM Jonathan Foster, GMIST and Experiential Tourism Training Opportunities
10:15-10:30 AM Nutrition Break
10:30-11:15 AM HNL’s Juanita Ford will be presenting on labour market highlights.
11:15 AM Special Tourism Announcement! Chief Brendan Mitchell and Western NL Field Unit Geoff Hancock
12:00 PM Lunch
12:30-4:30 PM Training Seminar for Craft Producers and Tourism Operators Cal Martin delivers an interactive seminar “Connecting Visitors to Story via Dynamic Interpretation”