Indigenous Tourism Ontario Newsletter – April 29, 2020
THE PATH FORWARD: A FRAMEWORK FOR ONTARIO INDIGENOUS TOURISM RECOVERY
As President and Chief Executive Officer, I want to say Miigwetch (Thank You) to the Indigenous tourism industry and the ITO team for coming together so quickly in this time of crisis.
ITO is doing as much as it possibly can to protect and help the Indigenous tourism sector during these challenging times and has worked on a framework to help the industry restart and recover when the time is right.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Indigenous Tourism Ontario
INDIGENOUS TOURISM IN THE MEDIA
CTV News: Hardship Continues for Seasonal Tourism Businesses
Last week, CTV’s Ian Campbell completed a report with ITO President & CEO Kevin Eshkawkogan as well as ITO members Neil Debassige from Fuel the Fire TV and Arthur Trudeau from Mukwa Adventures about the current hardships facing seasonal and Indigenous tourism businesses in Northern Ontario.
ITAC STIMULUS FUND Deadline: Thursday, April 30th @ 8:00pm EST
Reminder to Apply
Deadline: April 30, 2020 at 8:00pm EST Maximum funding: $25,000 Eligibility: Applicants must be Canadian Indigenous tourism businesses who are at least 51% owned by Indigenous entrepreneurs, Indigenous communities or economic development corporations.
The goal of the stimulus fund is to provide relief for as many affected Indigenous tourism businesses as possible across Canada. Funding will be provided to support projects specific to helping your Indigenous tourism business recover from COVID-19. Projects should focus on one or more of the following objectives:
Diversifying revenue streams
Resiliency/strengthening business offerings
Want to apply? Begin your application HERE. Want to ensure the accuracy of your application?
In partnership with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), the Conference Board of Canada is conducting a research survey to assess the economic impacts of COVID-19 on Indigenous tourism businesses in Canada.
Your input is urgently needed to help ITAC understand the extent of COVID-19’s damage to the Indigenous tourism sector and to make the strongest case possible for improving stimulus funds to help Indigenous tourism businesses recover from this pandemic.
We urgently need input from all Indigenous organizations, artists, and businesses that provide cultural experiences, goods and/or services to tourists. Please complete the survey to help ITAC better understand the economic impact of this pandemic on the Indigenous tourism industry.
To take the survey, click HERE. Survey closes May 13th.
FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDING
Federal Stimulus Funding Package Announced for Indigenous Businesses In Response to COVID-19
The federal government is committing $306.8 million dollars in stimulus funding to support the 6000 small-medium Indigenous businesses across the country flowing through 59 different Aboriginal financial institutions in Canada. Of these, more than 30%, or 1875, are Indigenous tourism businesses.
This federal stimulus package will further aid Indigenous entrepreneurs and their businesses during these difficult times with short-term, interest-free loans and non-repayable contributions through the Aboriginal Financial Institutions network.