CONTENT/TRIGGER WARNING: Mentions of Indian Residential Schools, Assimilation, Ongoing Harm, Colonial Impacts.

This past March, over one thousand delegates from across Turtle Island and beyond gathered in Treaty 1 for the annual International Indigenous Tourism Conference. The programming included two important panel discussions on Truth and Reconciliation and the role that tourism can play in the reclamation of our cultures, traditions and languages


Reconciliation in Action: A Reflection on the Historic Papal Visits

Panelists: Cecilia Point, Keith Henry, Marilyn Jensen and Zane Buchanan

In March, 2021, a delegation of Indigenous leaders travelled to Rome to demand a papal apology from the Catholic Church for its role in residential schools in Canada. ITAC brought a delegation to support the leadership as they completed this important work to lift their spirits through cultural performances – and to show the world that we are still here. This session will include a panel discussion from the ITAC team and a cultural showcase shared while in Rome.


Reconciliation in Action: Focus on Residential School Tourism Experiences

Dennis Meeches, Greg Hopf, Luke Wassegijig and Terry Lusty

Learn how indigenous experiences contribute to reconciliation. We invite visitors from near and far to understand the experiences that Indigenous Peoples in Canada have faced over the past four centuries, particularly from the early 1800s to 1996, and the crises that continue today. We hope that by listening to survivors and honouring those who have passed, you can support our decolonization efforts and together, we can work to build a better future for all Peoples.



Zane Buchanan

Zane Buchanan

Zane, a Métis writer, producer, and digital storyteller based in Vancouver, British Columbia, takes great pride in the diverse career path he has forged. Starting as a freelance journalist, he transitioned into travel media when he was appointed the 2019 Saskatchewanderer by Tourism Saskatchewan. This experience solidified his standing in the tourism sector and paved the way for his work with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC). At ITAC, Zane contributes to the creative direction of The Original Original authentication program and Destination Indigenous (ITAC’s consumer-facing presence). He oversees content and brand integrity while also serving as the executive editor of Nations Magazine.Beyond ITAC, Zane regularly contributes to Canadian Geographic, focusing on ethical travel. His contributions have earned him the esteemed title of a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and he serves as a judge for the Travel Media Association of Canada Awards. His leadership includes a direct partnership with the Assembly of First Nations, with whom he attended the Historic Papal Visits in Rome in April 2022, in line with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.As a sought-after speaker, Zane has presented at renowned conferences and events such as South by Southwest (SXSW), The SEE Conference, The International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC), and The IMPACT Conference. His influence extends to other creative mediums, including presenting the Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year Award at the Juno Awards Ceremony annually.Beyond his various roles, Zane is the founder and creative director of CIVL Creative, a digital agency designed to meet the unique needs of nonprofits and social enterprises.