Today is the world celebrate the indigenous peoples of the world! And this year’s theme is about indigenous women. Women of indigenous communities have a unique ability to preserve and pass down traditional knowledge and stories through generations. But they are not shown much.
As the official website says, “Indigenous women are the backbone of indigenous communities and play an important role in preserving and transmitting traditional ancestral knowledge. The truth is that , indigenous women are underrepresented, and are often the victims of public discrimination.”
Yes, we believe that tourism has a role to play in trying and correcting this imbalance. That’s why, when we visited Jasper, Canada, Contiki Tours met Matricia Bauer, a Warrior Woman of the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, to hear her powerful story.
We joined Travel Alberta to talk with Matricia about the importance of knowledge exchange in her culture, and why telling Indigenous stories to a wider audience is important now. , more than ever. Here’s what we learned…