THIS IS A STORY ABOUT A LEGACY.
A story thirty years in the making. A story of two old friends with a new idea.
They dreamed of a way for all Canadians to take part in Reconciliation simply by doing what they already love to do – travel. They asked themselves: “What if we could tap into the existing demand for travel and tourism in a way that could benefit Indigenous communities across the country? How many meaningful careers could we create for Indigenous people in the process?“
So they decided to start something unique. Something never done before.
In 2015, Indigeno Travel was born. The brainchild of Darrell Phillips, aka Little Black Bear, a master facilitator, community organizer and consultant to Indigenous communities from Hollow Water First Nation, and Chris Maxfield, who had devoted over two decades providing pensions and benefits to First Nations communities, Indigeno Travel began as a passion project. Today it is poised to become Canada’s uniquely Indigenous-owned national travel agency.
In 2017, as Darrell faced death from a terminal illness, Chris pledged he would, with Darrell’s wife Charlene, continue the work they had begun so many years before.