Can Indigenous people reframe and reclaim our own narrative through tourism? Do Indigenous people travel differently? Will we be better visitors? Can travel’s demand for exoticism ever allow Indigenous people to be anything but an outsider?
Dené Sinclair is a tourism marketing consultant and graduate student of communications, tourism and Indigenous studies. She explores the connections between tourism, an industry with extractive and exploitive practices towards Indigenous people, and the ongoing reclamation of story, language, land and place by Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Dené was one of Manitoba’s Top 40 Under 40 (2016) as well as a 2016 Finalist of the YMYWCA’s Manitoba Women of Distinction. She lives in Winnipeg on Treaty 1 Territory and within the Homeland of the Métis Nation. Dené acknowledges her traditional homeland around Selkirk, Manitoba (St. Peter’s Band) as a member of Peguis First Nation and a proud Anishinaabekwe.