Indigenous tourism and reconciliation: The case of Kitcisakik cultural immersions
Stuart, Stephen A.
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This case study explores an initiative originating in the Anicinape community of Kitcisakik, Québec. The community hosts non-Indigenous students for an experiential and immersive outdoor engagement with Anicinape ways. Innovative ways of learning about an Indigenous culture and related sociopolitical issues are considered acts of building reconciliation, via the lens of an Anicinape land-based pedagogy. Kitcisakik’s experiential education initiative foreshadowed Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s Call to Action to include Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods in Canadian curricula to aid a process of reconciliation. This case study demonstrates how visiting the community and experiencing Kitcisakik through Indigenous land-based pedagogies is an opportunity for building intercultural understanding and citizen awareness of Indigenous histories and cultures, while learning specific principles of the Anicinape way and the current issues the community faces in a modern Canada. This is an exceptional example of the reconciliation process in action.