CES Stories



Tucked away in the lush rainforest on Vancouver Island’s west coast near Ucluelet lies Wya Point, an Indigenous owned and operated tourism venture. Check out this Best Practice on Sustainable Indigenous Tourism Development - Click here for the full story

There are many amazing tourism and cultural preservation projects being implemented across Canada in indigenous communities, but what takes a project to another level is having a passionate hard-working individual to see the project continue to grow. Here's a Success Story about David from Chesterfield Inlet - Click here for the full story

Find out about Amanda's adventures in Moose Factory when she kicked off the My Community App project. Click here for the full story. 

Building Sustainable Relationships with Industry – A Couple Stories to ShareConsultation and communication between the Resource Extraction Industry and First Nations communities has its challenges. Many of the projects take place in remote communities on indigenous lands, resulting in social and environmental impacts. So how can we build more sustainable relationships between communities and industry? Click here for the full story.

An amazing story on Chesterfield Inlet's Youth taking ownership of their 'My Community App' Project. The CES Team just started working with the Chesterfield Inlet Elders Group Committee on developing their 'My Community App' Project. The My Community App provides a platform for the community members to share their voice as well as enabling them to support their goals and celebrate their story and culture.  This project instills pride and ownership for the community while preserving culture for future generations to come! Click here for the full story.



Learn Rachel Big Canoe from Georgina Island First Nation's thoughts on the My Community App! Click here for the full story.








Cultural Preservation Initiative 2013 was a huge success! We'd like to thank all of the communities for their participation! Click here for the full story. September 24, 2013




CES' New Intern: Evelyn Poitras. Well, this is my first blog and my second day at CES.  CES was initially the acronym for Canadian Eco-tourism Services but has evolved to simply being the name for this organization which offers community development services particularly targeting Indigenous communities.  My first introduction to CES was as an elected Councillor for my band Peepeekisis, Saskatchewan in 2010.  I came across an opportunity to apply for free services related to potential tourism opportunities and this was the beginning of a friendship with Amanda Huculak of CES who eventually came to visit us on Peepeekisis.  Who knew that I would come to be a field placement intern with CES in 2013 as a Master’s student at the University of Winnipeg? Click here for the full story. May 7, 2013


La Vida Nica - A Three Week Trip through Nicaragua. I recently got married and had the pleasure of planning my and my new husband's honeymoon. If you know me, you'd know how much I love planning pretty much anything, a wedding, a birthday party, and most especially a trip. This could explain why I love my job as a tourism development consultant so much - it's essentially helping communities and entrepreneurs plan for tourism! Click here for the full story.
January 25, 2013 

Pimachiowin Aki Tourism 2013 Sharing SessionClinton was invited to inspire and assist with facilitating the Pimachiowin Aki Tourism Sharing Session on January 10th, 2013. This event was part of Pimachiowin Aki’s AGM and was well attended by community leaders, Elders, aboriginal tourism business owners, entrepreneurs, researchers, and invited guests with background and experience in tourism development. Click here for the full story.
January 25, 2013



Clinton and Jessica attend the Canadian Aboriginal Mining Conference - Clinton and I recently attended the Canadian Aboriginal Mining Conference and Tradeshow, held in Toronto on November 18-20, 2012. We had a great time attending the various workshops and meeting all the conference delegates. Click here for the full story. November 29, 2012


CES is a Long Run Supporter. This means that we share the Zeitz Foundation’s drive to support sustainable, ecologically and socially responsible projects around the world, and have demonstrated our commitment by signing The Long Run Charter, a declaration of intent and commitment to promote more sustainable lifestyle choices to build a better future. Click here for the full story. September 25, 2012.

Indo-Canada joint venture to offer adventure trips. Click here for the full story. September 24, 2012.

Furthering Indigenous and Community-Based Development Projects in Mines - Cluster Pulse, Gujarat Ties up with CES in Canada. Click here for the full story. September 24, 2012. 

Press Release: CES and Open Africa Join Forces to Coordinate Best Practices Missions for Indigenous Tourism Development. Click here for the full story. August 8, 2012.



All-Inclusive Cuba - Through the eyes of a Tourism Consultant. I recently returned from a week-long stay at an all inclusive resort in Varadero, Cuba.  All-inclusives really aren’t my preference; I’d rather find a small locally owned hotel and explore my surroundings, try to meet the locals, and come home with a real sense of the place I visited. In this case I didn’t have that choice, though the alternative still made for a great getaway.
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April 3, 2012


Spontaneous Tourism Experiences in Brazil. I recently spent two weeks traveling along the coast of Brazil with 6 friends in a motor home. Since working and traveling through Australia, while living in a van, this has been my most favorite way to experience a  country. I find that this mode of travel allows you to experience a community, a city and a country differently and a bit more intimately. It allows you to get closer to the people and their culture, providing opportunities for those exciting, spontaneous experiences of a trip that end up defining your memories.Click here for the full story.
March 12, 2012

The India International Hotel, Travel & Tourism Research Conference 2012. I arrived in New Delhi after spending a relaxing week on the beach in Goa and was picked up by Suri, one of the student volunteers for the India International Hotel, Travel & Tourism Research Conference (IIHTTRC). Suri offered me nothing but exceptional service during the conference and always made sure that I was comfortable and enjoyed my stay. Click here for the full story.
February 21, 2012

Spontaneous Tourism Experiences in India. I just spent one month traveling throughout India and had the experience of a lifetime. I was captured by the colours, the spirituality, the sounds, the smells, the kindness, the diversity and the sheer volume of people.  As you could imagine, from being in the country for a whole month I have so many stories that I would like to share, but instead of writing a novel  I’ve chosen a couple of my favourite moments. Click here for the full story.
February 15, 2012 

Seine River First Nation. Jason and I traveled to Seine River First Nation this past week – a small Ojibway community situated on Wild Potato Lake in Northwest Ontario. We met with Tom Johnson and Roger Spencer, Councillors for the Band, to discuss opportunities for sustainable tourism development. Tom and I first connected through the Community Tourism Vitalization Initiative (CTVI) spearheaded by CES back in 2010. Click here for the full story. 
October 28, 2011 

A Northern Double Header. Last week I visited two very hospitable clients in the James Bay region of Quebec (known as Eeyou Istchee by the Crees).  My first stop was the Cree Nation of Nemaska, where I met with Joshua Iserhoff, Tourism Officer. We discussed Nemaska’s Pando Terra™ Tourism Plan, the current project we’re collaborating on. After, I spent a few days in the Cree Nation of Wemindji to work with Roberta Georgekish on her ongoing professional development as the new Tourism Officer for the community. Click here for the full story.
April 21, 2011


Clinton at the Great Spirit Circle Trail Tourism/Business Conference.Clinton Belcher, President of CES, recently attended the Great Spirit Circle Trail's Tourism Business Conference in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Clinton was inspired by Chief Clarence Louie, who spoke at the conference. Chief Louis is a respected First Nations Chief from the Osoyoos Indian Band. Click here for the full story.
March 16, 2011
Jessica and Tourism Best Practices. I began working with CES in the fall of 2008. I had just returned from a volunteer research expedition to Northern Honduras and was finishing my honours thesis with the University of Manitoba. I was excited to start my career in the field of tourism and community development.
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April 2011


Beaches, Casabe and Dancing. In the summer of 2008, Jessica and I ventured to Honduras to work on a community-based tourism project in the Garifuna communities of Rio Esteban, Nueva Armenia, East End and Chachaguate. After a 2 ½ hour bumpy ride from La Ceiba on a yellow school bus we received a warm welcome at our first destination, the beautiful beach town of Rio Esteban. The local people’s laughter, singing and dancing was contagious and we both felt an instant connection with the place. Click here for the full story.
January 21, 2011


Peepeekisis Cree Nation CTVI Site Visit. Last week on November 17 and 18 Amanda traveled across the prairies to visit the community of Peepeekisis Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. Amanda received a warm welcome and met with Evelyn Poitras to learn about the community’s unique history.  She also had the opportunity to meet with Jodi and Howard for a brainstorming session on new ideas and initiatives the community is pursuing. Click here for the full story.
November 24, 2010 
 
TechTours Pilot Project Site Visit. The Site Historique Monseigneur-Taché was our first site visit for the TechTours™ Pilot Project program. This program provides an opportunity for communities and organizations to explore how TechTours™ can showcase their unique culture and heritage. Click here for the full story. 
October 26, 2010 
  
Association of Manitoba Museums' Annual Conference. Clinton and Amanda were invited to present at this year’s Association of Manitoba Museums’ Annual Conference. The conference theme was ‘Discover that History is More...’ so it was a perfect fit to present TechTours™ – Linking History with New Technology. Click here for the full story. 
October 14, 2010

 
Eastern Canada Adventures. Amanda recently traveled to Eastern Canada to spend a week enjoying Montreal cuisine and culture and exploring Newfoundland’s rugged East Coast.  Click here for the full story. 
July 23, 2010


CES and AudioConexus Launch Location Based Storytelling for Heritage Rich Tourism Experiences. CES, a leading provider of best practices and product development for tourism, today announced the launch of TechTours, forming a strategic partnership and technology development agreement with AudioConexus Inc., a leading Media and GPS tour entertainment company, specializing in the design, development and delivery of multilingual GPS tours on a variety of technology platforms and systems within the tourism industry. Click here for the full story.
June 8, 2010

Amanda Presents at the Centro Paraguayo de Estudios Canadienses. Amanda was recently in Paraguay on behalf of the University of Manitoba to collaborate on a project involving sustainable community development using tourism as a catalyst. On Monday, May 24, Amanda Huculak presented on An Organic Approach to Creating Sustainable Communities at the Centro Paraguayo de Estudios Canadienses in Asuncion, Paraguay. A representative of the Ministry of Tourism for Paraguay, delegates of the Centro Paraguayo de Estudios Canadienses and approximately 40 University students studying sustainable tourism attended. The presentation was well received and focused on Pando Terra and TechTours. Click here for the full story.
June 2, 2010

Amanda in Paraguay! Amanda just spent the last week in the Alto Parana region in Paraguay where she is currently working with the University of Manitoba on an initiative that highlights conservation research, education and community-based economic development. The visit so far has been fantastic. Amanda has traveled over 1200 km to visit different areas in the country and has met many key stakeholders involved in the project. She has become a fan of the Paraguayan lifestyle which includes drinking mate and tereré and eating mucho lomitas. Click here for the full story.
March 25, 2010

First CTVI Program Visit to Bear River First Nation. The CES team would like to thank and congratulate Bear River First Nation for being one of the first communities to participate in the CTVI program. Clinton Belcher and Amanda Huculak of CES just returned from Bear River, where they learned about the current opportunities and challenges for sustainable development in the community. Click here for the full story.
March 18, 2010




Jessica's trip to Bucerias, Mexico. Jessica has just returned from her trip to Bucerias, Mexico. She spent a week with her family in the Pacific coast town, where the weather was perfect and the ocean beautiful. Click here for the full story.
April 7, 2010


Waswanipi Economic Development Department Administration and Coordination Training. Margaret and Amanda of CES just returned from Ottawa, where they completed Administration and Coordination training with the Waswanipi Economic Development Department. Click here for the full story.
March 17, 2010

Shammy Outfitters. Jessica Braun, CES team member, has just returned from her visit to the future home of Shammy Outfitter’s fishing camp. Jessica is working on the business plan for Shammy Outfitters, which will be owned and operated by Michael Mayappo and Johnny Mark – brothers from the Cree Nation of Wemindji. The fishing camp is set to open in the summer of 2011. Click here for the full story.
March 11, 2010



COTA Best Practices Tour 2009. Jessica and Amanda recently facilitated COTA's second Best Practices Tour. The tour traveled from Val d'Or, Quebec to Manitoulin Island, Ontario and sponsored 14 participants from the James Bay Region in Quebec. Click here for the full story.
November 17, 2009

 



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