Indigenous tourism ready to shine again across the country in 2022


The pandemic has hit many businesses hard – the Indigenous tourism industry is no exception.

The multi-billion-dollar industry has received a number of government grants to help businesses recover – and as we enter 2022, there’s momentum and some optimism that the worst is behind us.

The Indigenous Tourism Association is coming out of the gates hot with 22 must-see attractions that they’ve mapped out across the country as people get out and enjoy life again.

We hear from the ITA about its list and a number of tourism operators from coast to coast to coast who are excited to host you.

InFocus Host Melissa Ridgen brought the team to Sayzoons, a Métis owned adventure camp in the heart of Red River Métis country on the Crow Wing Trail just south of Winnipeg.

Also on the show – Feb. 8 was National Braiding Day. We spoke with Kookum from Sandy Bay First Nation Donna Desjarlais about the day.

We’ll also show you all the pics we received of your braids.


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British Columbia provides $3.7 M to Indigenous tourism for pandemic recovery 

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Host, Producer / Winnipeg

Melissa is a proud Red River Metis and award-winning journalist who has spent more than 24 years covering crime, courts, politics, business and entertainment for newspapers in four provinces.
She then joined APTN Investigates in 2009 and APTN National News in 2018 and in that time has garnered numerous awards and nominations including from the World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network (2013), Canadian Association of Journalists (2016, 2019) and Canadian Screen Awards (2018, 2019).