The Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park opened in 2007 as a world-class tourist attraction designed to engage visitors in authentic cultural experiences with the Siksika People, members of the Blackfoot Confederacy of central Canada. For centuries the Blackfoot knew about Soyopowahko, or Blackfoot Crossing a well-known river crossing essential to follow the migrating herds of buffalo and an important meeting place of historical and cultural significance. Today the Park welcomes approxi
“A major step forward has been taken with the signing of an agreement on the funding and deliverables of a research project to create a tourism development plan for the Matakana Coast and surrounding regions,” says steering committee chair Charlotte Cuffe.
Dr. John Hull is working with Canadian Badlands, Ltd and the Blackfoot First Nation to complete a training needs assessment for this National Historic Site of Canada. He
visited the Park in February 2010 and is presently working with Kalahari
Management based in Calgary and NZTRI staff to design and deliver a week
long training program in interpretation, marketing, business viability,
and customer service scheduled for May 2010.
NZTRI's Tourism and Community Program is completing recommendations for a conservation and development plan linked to the Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve, Canada recognized as one of the most significant fossil sites in the world. The site
possesses fossils of multi-cellular life that lived 575 to 542 million
years ago in ancient oceans. The Reserve has been identified as one of