VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Sunday marks National Indigenous Peoples Day, but this year because of COVID-19, celebrations are moving online.
Paula Amos, Chief Marketing and Development Officer with Indigenous Tourism BC tells NEWS 1130, Sunday is going to be a chance to celebrate Indigenous identity while still keeping the deaths of Rodney Levi and Chantel Moore in mind.
“It’s also a great way for us to build Indigenous awareness,” Amos says.
“We will keep moving forward and keep having those conversations because we do want to make a better future.”
Moore, a 26-year-old mother and member of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation on Vancouver Island, was killed on June 4 in Edmunston New Brunswick. And Levi was shot and killed by the RCMP in New Brunswick on June 12.
Amos adds since the celebrations are hosted online, she recommends people download the Indigenous Tourism BC app for the new online activities.
“This Summer is just going to be a bit of a different year and I think that National Indigenous Peoples Day is a great way for people to learn more about the rich culture and diversity of Indigenous peoples here in B.C.”
The pandemic is also affecting tourism-dependent communities but Amos says Indigenous Tourism BC is utilizing “virtual travel” in the meantime is the best way.
“We do have a new section where it’s all about travel responsibly. Once we are able to move around a bit, we do have a section on there about travelling responsibly.”