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Aboriginal Cultural Tourism: Heritage and Economic Development; Reflections from the Cape Breton Experience [Cape Breton University, CBU]

Cape Breton University (CBU)
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"Cultural tourism, Aboriginal cultural tourism and importance of product authenticity are examined. The paper provides a case narrative of Aboriginal cultural tourism involving five First Nations communities on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. It discusses the role of Cape Breton University, the island’s only university, as a linking-pin and neutral venue for local Aboriginal leaders, non-Aboriginal government development agencies and mainstream tourist operators to discuss a long-term unified strategy for Aboriginal cultural tourism development in this region."

Fisheries [Potlotek First Nation]

Chapel Island First Nation

"Apaqtukewaq Fisheries Co-op was formed in 1995. There are four members in the co-op including the manager, Anita Basques. The co-op was formed to enable the community to open doors for job creation."

Economic Development [Potlotek First Nation]

Chapel Island First Nation

"The (EDO) Economic Development Officer for the band is Kevin Johnson. His responsibilities are to negotiate with different government agencies to secure funding for different projects that the band plans to introduce. One of the key areas that he deals with is in securing consultants to draft business plans. Once these plans are finished he then presents them first to the Council for approval and then he approaches potential partners such as Indian Affairs, HRDC, the province or other funders to assists in financing. "

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by Dr. Radut