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Murray Sinclair talks Yukon First Nations tourism

Senator Murray Sinclair addresses delegates at the Advancing Indigenous Tourism Conference in Whitehorse on Wednesday. Photo: Tim Kucharuk/CKRW.

The noted Manitoba lawyer, co-chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and Senator addressed a tourism conference in Whitehorse.

A Canadian Senator who served as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission says Yukon First Nations need to tell their story through tourism.

Murray Sinclair was the keynote speaker at the Advancing Indigenous Tourism Conference in Whitehorse and told those gathered on Wednesday, First Nations should not shy away from talking about the past, including the residential school system.

"I think if we ignore this, if we don't remind people about this, then we lose a very important aspect of what it is that we have to offer today, and it is this: we are still here," Sinclair told the crowd.

Sinclair says it's important First Nations give proper experiences.

"You don't know yet quite frankly, because so much of it has been hidden from you, been denied to you, so you have to explore that and you have to find out what all of that can be," Sinclair said. "I know it's connected to the land. So, finding out what the teachings of the land are here is very important."

Sinclair adds you need to think outside the box but inside the circle.

(Listen: Sinclair's full speech to the conference on Wednesday. Due to file size, the speech is in two parts.)

Part 1.

Part 2.

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