The Mamalilikulla Qwe’Qwa’Sot’Em First Nation has had previous success with ecotourism ventures. In the early 1990’s, the nation established trails and simple facilities on Village Island, its ancestral winter village of Meem Quam Leese. Shortly thereafter, a Nation member received permission to begin operating Village Island Tours which closed in 2007. The Nation now intends to re-establish a similar, band-owned operation within the coming year.
The Mamalilikulla Qwe’Qwa’Sot’Em First Nation partnered with Sauder S3i to develop an overarching tourism strategy to inform its current and future plans. Sauder S3i research included an analysis of the current North Vancouver Island and Aboriginal tourism markets, identification of gaps between the Nation’s vision for the industry and its current resources, and recommendations for future investments, partnerships and new opportunities.
May - August 2012
Nanwakolas Council Society