experience living culture

Connecting Vancouver Tourism Professionals
 and Indigenous Tourism


First Host Gathering

Held at the Bill Reid Gallery and attended by over a dozen indigenous culture organizations, First Host Gathering is an event for members of the hospitality industry to interact with and learn about the key players in BC’s thriving Indigenous tourism sector and to gain network connections with influencers in that space.

Comprised of Aboriginal Tourism BC, Talaysay Tours, Bill Reid Gallery and the concierges of the  Shangri-la Hotel, the team behind First Host Gathering invites you to come share in this first-of-its-kind event.

Let us know if you'll join us by May 10.


Event Details

May 16, 2017

4:00 - 6:30pm

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art 

The First Host Gathering organizers' acknowledge the rich,deep rooted history on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.  The First Nations diverse cultures are thriving and vibrant and we will work to pass on this important messages in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Featured Participants


Talaysay Tours

While on our Talking Trees Tour, your Talaysay guide will share the many stories of this region, as well as the intimate cultural and scientific knowledge of the Northwest coast trees and plants. Still today we continue to gather and harvest these same plants for food, medicine, art and technology. Every tree and plant is deemed sacred, having a purpose which supported our local indigenous societies for generations.


Salmon n' bannock

Vancouver’s only First Nations restaurant specializing in wild fish, free range game and of course bannock. Using only traditional ingredients that are prepare and presented in a modern way. In the spirit of First Nations traditions, everyone is welcome and our intention is to provide a gathering place where the focus is on people and food.


Takaya Tours

Takaya Tours is owned and operated by the Tsleil-Waututh Naiton. Pronounced “slay-wah-tuth”. We are the People of the Inlet, a Coast Salish people with our own distinct customs and history. Our community is located on the Burrard Inlet between North Vancouver and Deep Cove, BC.