This year marked a new way of doing interpretive planning for me: in the past I have worked a lot with Indigenous groups through government or nonprofit clients. This year, for the first time, I have been hired (three times now) by the First Nation itself. Indigenous groups are taking control of their own tourism and cultural heritage, and by hiring their own contractors they keep that control within their community.
I worked with the people at Hiawatha First Nation, Ontario to facilitate an interpretive plan for Serpent Mounds, a sacred burial site within their territory. It would have been a great trip—I had the tickets all booked—but Covid-19 reared its head and we did everything remotely.