EXECUTIVE & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Trina, our founder and leader, is a proud status member of Curve Lake First Nation and an active community member of the urban Indigenous community of Ottawa region and oversees the cultural attraction, corporate and event services and educational outreach programs for the company. Since 1998 she has produced the annual Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival and Competition Pow Wow- one of Canada’s largest Indigenous arts and culture events, attracting 50,000 attendees to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. What Trina is most proud of is Indigenous Experiences success in helping to prepare Indigenous youth for careers in tourism through the company’s partnership with Ontario Tourism Education Council to deliver the Aboriginal Cultural Ambassador Program (ACA). The program’s success -with over 75 graduates employed in tourism across Canada- led to Indigenous Experiences recognition and the National Tourism HR award from Tourism HR Canada in 2016.
Linda is an Algonquin from Pikwakanagan, Ontario and the Director of Operations and Finance as well as the Tourism Trainer. As the National Instructor, she delivers Tourism HR National e-merit training certification courses such as Heritage Interpreters (HEI) with a cultural lens to support the development of authentic Indigenous Tourism. Over the last six years, Linda has delivered a number of customized training programs across Canada through the Indigenous Cultural Ambassador program which aligns the Tourism HR certification with Indigenous culture and teachings. Her training programs delivered in Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver have led to over 30 Indigenous HEI graduates who are currently working towards the required hours for their National certification as Heritage Interpreters. She has also delivered Tourism HR training in various fields of hospitality. Linda is also responsible for the Marketing of Indigenous Experiences and is fluently bilingual in English and French.
Bookings and Client Relations Manager, Stephanie is responsible for booking the company’s attractions as well as delivering the Corporate, Special Events and Educational Outreach programs. Stephanie is responsible for coordinating all attractions and other schedules. She is also a Hoop, Jingle and Fancy Shawl dancer having performed for the Canada 150 Celebration on Canada Day and the 2017 Juno Awards., as well as being awarded as the "Indigenous Cultural Ambassador" of the year from the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada in 2016. Stephanie is a dedicated and valuable team member. She is also Linda's daughter.