A new 100% Indigenous-owned travel agency is officially operational.
Indigeno Travel officially launched in a ceremony Wednesday morning at its Winnipeg headquarters. The venture, a partnership with Treaty One Development Corporation, Great Canadian Travel and Continental Travel Group, will create career opportunities and income in travel and tourism for Indigenous peoples across Canada.
“I absolutely loved the concept, the idea of what it would mean for Indigenous people here in this country,” said Chief Dennis Meeches of Long Plain First Nation. “I believe there is a lot of opportunity for all of our people, Indigenous and non-Indigenous that we work with, to build such a business.
The company is for both Natives and non-Natives to use.
“No matter where you are or where you’re going, Indigeno is for all of us,” said Charlene Phillips, co-owner of Indigeno.
In addition to helping book trips, the company is also working to develop Indigenous tourism experiences across Canada.
“Through our relationships around the world, we could send Indigenous tourism experiences to over 7,000 agents and agencies around the world,” said Chris Maxfield, one of the founders of Indigeno. “So our goal, our challenge, is to develop them, to get them to give what we call ready-to-go export and bring the world to Canada.
The company said its development will also help facilitate the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 92nd Call to Action, regarding reconciliation through business.