Aboriginal tourism is booming. Aboriginal cultures are a major selling point for visitors to Canada. Canada boasts lands rich with wildlife, beautiful waters, fascinating mountain ranges, flora & fauna and mystical forests that can offer tourists a memorable experience. Increasing numbers of Aboriginal peoples and communities see tourism as an opportunity to use their talents, culture and resources in their communities to obtain self-sufficiency.
The Aboriginal Tourism Operations Certificate (ATO) Program and the Aboriginal Tourism Management (ATM) Diploma program can prepare you to capitalize in this rewarding industry.
The ATO Certificate Program offers students the skills and knowledge to seek employment in the tourism industry. Graduates of the ATO program are trained for positions in cultural tourism, ecotourism and many other entry-level positions in the tourism industry. Each semester includes field experience projects and placements that will develop hands-on skills and promote networking within the tourism industry. After a student has completed the ATO certificate program, the student can continue on another year to complete the ATM program. Graduates of the ATM program are trained for planning, marketing and managing a successful tourism business. When the students complete the ATO program, they are encouraged to work in the tourism field during the summer before returning to the ATM program.
Both NEC Aboriginal Tourism programs developed courses that align with the BC provincial core curriculum. Diploma graduates can ladder into a number of public tourism degree programs. In addition to meeting the learning outcomes specified in the BC Provincial core curriculum, the NEC Aboriginal Tourism Programs train qualified tourism professionals who provide high quality customer service and tourism experience based on traditional Aboriginal culture and values. Our most important mission is to widely support the countryside and urban Aboriginal communities of British Columbia by contributing to the success of the Aboriginal Tourism field.
Graduates will be able to practice in a variety of settings including aboriginal tourism companies, public and non-profit tourism organizations.