Indigenous Business Advisory Program
Tailored to each business’ identified needs, ITO’s Indigenous Business Advisors will work with you one-on-one to provide resources, coaching, mentorship, and support. IBAs will serve as a single point of contact to help Indigenous tourism operators access and navigate financial resources, business planning tools, training and skills programs, marketing opportunities and more. Learn more about the Indigenous Business Advisory (IBA) program details including eligibility and supports here.
Indigenous Women Entrepreneurship Fund 2021
REMINDER: Indigenous Women Entrepreneurship Fund applications close today, Friday, April 30, 2021 at 4:00pm EST.

Successful applicants will receive a $2000 grant and CCAB membership for 2021. 

Funding Criteria:
  • The business must be at least 51% owned and controlled by an Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) woman/women.
  • The for-profit business must be registered in Canada.
  • Individuals who have previously received the Indigenous Women Entrepreneurship Fund or Indigenous Business Support Fund are not eligible to receive this round of funding.
For more information on the Indigenous Women Entrepreneurship Fund, contact: grants@ccab.com, or visit the website here.


Skode Mentorships & Financial Support Program
ITO and the Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab are excited to officially launch the Skode Program, an initiative to spark new Indigenous tourism ideas and experiences that authentically represent, celebrate and promote Indigenous culture, heritage, language, cuisine and communities in Ontario.

In Anishinaabemowin, Skode means fire, and is pronounced: Shkoh-deh. Indigenous tourism entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations are encouraged to apply and share the fire within their hearts.

The program matches selected applicants with a mentor and provides a $5,000 non-repayable contribution to help take their new tourism ideas to the next level of development. Applications are open until May 28 at 11:59pm. 

Have Questions? Join us for 1 of 2 upcoming Skode Program Info Sessions! 
Information Session 1
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Time: 5:00-5:45pm

Information Session 2
Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Time: 11:30am-12:15pm
Job Opportunity: Project Coordinator, ITO

Date Posted: April 27th, 2021
Application Deadline: May 3rd, 2021

Indigenous Tourism Ontario is currently looking for a Project Coordinator to join our team. The Project Coordinator works under the direction of the Director of Operations to support all of ITO’s projects. The Project Coordinator will focus on administrative and organizational excellence in order to keep projects and participants on track. The role will also support ITO’s timely and accurate reporting to its Board of Directors, Funders, and partners. The ideal candidate is a self-starter who has exceptional organizational and communications skills. The position will work remotely.

Check out the full job posting
here. To apply, please email your resume to info@IndigenousTourismOntario.ca.

Job Opportunity: VP of Operations, ORIGIN

ORIGIN is an Indigenous-owned progressive business enterprise that takes pride in offering innovative technology solutions to a growing portfolio of clients in targeted industries.

ORIGIN is the creator of ImmersiveLink – a comprehensive Virtual Reality based VR platform that used for Career (exploration, development & training) as well as Indigenous cultural awareness & Diversity purposes. Focused on its growing domains of service, ImmersiveLink wishes to expand its reach into new markets across Canada and internationally. ORIGIN is seeking a VP Operations to support operations and efficiencies as they scale the company. They are looking for someone with at least 3 years of senior management and 10 years industry-related experience.

Check out the full job posting 
here. Apply now by submitting your resume and interest to info@immersivelink.ca.

Deadline Approaching:
Become a Vendor at the SSIF Virtual Marketplace
Calling Indigenous artists and Indigenous artisans from across Canada! Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (SSIF) is continuing to accept vendor applications for the SSIF 2021 Indigenous Marketplace until May 1, 2021. The SSIF with the support of ITO are excited to showcase participating vendors and their Indigenous Canadian products, jewelry, food items, artworks, and more. 

If you wish to register to be a vendor at the Virtual Marketplace, please contact:
Leanne Vance, Festival Coordinator
Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival



An Indigenous Chocolatier is Thriving Despite the Pandemic 
Raven Rising was founded by Chef Tammy Maki in August of 2020. For Chef Tammy Maki, Raven Rising is the next chapter in her career but also in self discovery.

Chef Maki is a Red Seal journeyman pastry chef who built her career working at several high-end restaurants and resorts, with a thriving business of catering and wedding-cake consultation before the pandemic. Chef Maki launched Raven Rising in August of 2020 on an e-commerce platform, which features chocolates and pastries showcasing Indigenous ingredients from Canada and around the world. Raven Rising represents the next chapter in both Maki’s career and her self-discovery.

Chef Maki has incorporated her Indigenous heritage into her chocolates. It is through her chocolates where Chef Maki shares stories about each ingredient and how it relates to the Indigenous people of that region. Even if it’s not Indigenous, there is a story she wants to share, allowing her to pay homage to both her Indigenous and Finnish heritage. Some traditional ingredients featured in her products include wild Ontario bergamot, mountain mint, wintergreen, berries, elderflower, elderberry, wild rice, butternut, and hickory. “The list is endless,” says Maki. And not only are her chocolates delicious, they are beautiful bite-sized works of art.

Read the full article about ITO Member Chef Tammy Maki 
Six Nations Tourism Partners with Driftscape App
Launched on April 22nd, 2021, Six Nations Tourism, in partnership with Driftscape, has designed an engaging and informative experience for visitors and community members alike, allowing them to discover hidden gems within the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Through self-guided tours, interactive features, quests, and more, explorers can now discover the places, events, and signature experiences that make Six Nations a tourism hotspot, steeped in history, culture, and an appeal unlike any other. Through its online and interactive nature, Driftscape allows visitor and community member access to local tourism sites, enhancing traditional, onsite visits with augmented reality, imagery, audio and video supports, and behind-the-scenes details that guests may not otherwise have the privilege of experiencing. 

      Indigenous Tourism Ontario
      1300 Hwy 540
      4 directions Complex Unit 4
      Aundeck Omni Kaning, Ontario

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