Five representatives from local area part of new provincial cultural committee

By Rosalind Russell – The new Indigenous Cultural Integrity Advisory Committee set up by Indigenous Tourism Ontario has 14 members, five of which hail from local area First Nations.

Kevin Eshkawkogan, the ITO president and CEO, who hails from Manitoulin Island says the 14 known as Knowledge Keepers will share their knowledge to ensure the growth of Indigenous tourism throughout Ontario.

Five of the members include Dominic Beaudry and Josh Eshkawkogan of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, Neda Debassige of M’Chigeeng First Nation, Quinn Meawasige of Serpent River FN, and Tim McGregor of Whitefish River FN.

He says they will be focused on developing, implementing, and maintaining broad and inclusive Indigenous cultural integrity guidelines applicable to all aspects of tourism operations, engagements, and practices.

Other members of the new committee include: 

Tyler French, Chippewas Of The Thames

Jaquie Jamieson, Six Nations of the Grand River

Beatrice (Bea) Johnson Tarbell, Akwesasne

Perry McLeod-Shabogesic, Nipissing First Nation

Sam Manitowabi, Lac Seul First Nation

Michelle Savoie, Métis Nation of Ontario

Laurie McLeod-Shabogesic, Nipissing First Nation

David R. Maracle, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

Dorothy French, Chippewas Of The Thames

For more on the new committee and other ITO information, visit:

Photo: Five individuals from First Nations in the local area are part of the new Indigenous Cultural Integrity Advisory Committee set up by Indigenous Tourism Ontario. Photo –

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