The wave of discussion about “green travel” and “responsible tourism” that’s sprung up in the past few years makes reference to travel experiences that involve or benefit a destination’s indigenous peoples.

Like other tenets of the green travel movement, the idea seems laudable in principle but vague enough to present problems when a traveller goes to put it into practice. More specifically, where do you start?

Fortunately, Aboriginal Tourism Canada has created a starting place by listing what it calls the Significant 28, which are the top aboriginal tourism sites and cultural products as nominated by industry peers and tourism experts across Canada.

As the organization describes it, “These experiences have a major cultural aspect and are owned and operated in part or whole by the First Nations (North American Indian), the Inuit (Eskimo) and the Métis nations who form the First Peoples of Canada.”

Included on the list are such attractions as the Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay, B,C., a “new and stunning Heritage Centre celebrates the living Haida culture that goes back at least 12,000 years in Haida Gwaii (Islands of the People). This home of the Haida Nation is also known as the beautiful and mysterious Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia.”

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