Impact Assessment of COVID-19 on Ontario’s Indigenous Tourism Industry
Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO) released new data revealing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Indigenous tourism industry in Ontario. This report paints a clearer picture of the expected recovery timeline to return to pre-pandemic economic numbers and describes the impact COVID-19 has had on jobs and the sector’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program
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Hiring and Training Supports
Quick Reference Guide
Did you miss the Employer HR Supports Info Session hosted by Employment North? The full recording and additional resources are now available online. To hear about the programs you can access to grow your team, watch the full recording here. A summary of the Hiring and Training Supports, including A Three Fires Collaborative Quest, can be viewed in the Quick Reference Guide below.


Toronto Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show

Date: February 25, 2022 – February 27, 2022
Location: The International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON L4V 1E8

In February 2022, ITO will be participating in the Toronto Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show for the first time. ITO is inviting our members to join us in-person to showcase Indigenous-owned outdoor adventure experiences across Ontario! Available spots are limited. If you are a market-ready or export-ready Indigenous operator interested in participating in this upcoming trade show, please email ITO’s Marketing Specialist, Brian Still, at 

Want to learn more? Visit
The Outdoor Adventure Show website and stay tuned as we will be hosting a virtual information session in early January to discuss details about participating with ITO.
National Guidelines for Classifying Multi-Use Trails in Canada
Date: Monday, December 13, 2021
Time: 2:00pm EST

The Trans Canada Trail (TCT) is pleased to be releasing the first-of-its-kind National Guidelines for Classifying Multi-Use Trails in Canada. A free resource for trail operators, these guidelines will be made available to TCT’s 500+ local trail operators, as well as to any trail operator in Canada. Join TCT staff to hear more about these guidelines and understand how they can assist your organization in improving the user experience on your trails.
Destination Ontario Presents: Photo and Video Best Practices
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021
Time: 10:00-11:00am

Destination Ontario (DO) is pleased to offer the next educational webinar in their “Destination Ontario Presents” series: Photo and Video Best Practices. As marketers, visuals are instrumental in inspiring consumers to choose a product, experience, or destination. Join Joe Panetta, Creative Services Manager at DO, who will share these takeaways: 
  • Best practices for visual asset production.
  • Planning for creative vs. tactical visual acquisition. What is the difference?
  • Sharing visual assets with Destination Ontario for possible global amplification.
DO’s goal is to make sessions as helpful to the industry as possible. Feel free to submit any questions for consideration prior to the webinar to DO.Partnerships@ontario.ca by Monday, December 6, 2021. Please use the e-mail subject line “Questions for Photo and Video Webinar.” The event will be recorded and shared via e-mail along with a deck.
A Three Fires
Employer-to-Employee Matching Event
Are you looking for a job in the Ontario Tourism Industry?
Are you Indigenous?
Are you an Ontario tourism business looking to grow your team?
If you answered yes to one of these questions, we want you to Save the Date

The second Three Fires Collaborative Quest Employee-to-Employer Matching Event is taking place on Monday, January 10th, 2022. If you haven’t already applied for the program, there is still time!

Hosted virtually, our online platform will allow you to schedule virtual interviews with potential employees, and vice-versa, for eligible positions in 2022. Apply now for
A Three Fires Collaborative Quest – a program designed to build capacity for the tourism workforce in Ontario. For full program details and how to apply, please click here. Questions? Email us at IBA@IndignousTourismOntario.ca.
Job Opportunity: Visitor Experience Coordinator, Point Grondine Park

Point Grondine Park is currently seeking a motivated individual to join their team as the Visitor Experience Coordinator (VEC). The VEC will be responsible for administering and coordinating all Point Grondine bookings including permitting, map sales, canoe rentals and tour sales. The VEC will also be responsible for coordinating Land-based learning and experiential tour programs for the 2022 season. This position will be located at the park’s head office on Manitoulin Island. All applicants must submit cover letter, resume and three work related references.

For more details and to apply, please contact Luke Wassegijig, Tourism Manager at lwassegijig@wikydevcom.ca by December 17, 2021 at 4:00pm.
Job Opportunity: Indigenous Ingenuity Coordinator,
ITO & Science North
Indigenous Tourism Ontario and Science North are currently looking for a Coordinator for the Indigenous Ingenuity Northern Tour, a 100m2 travelling exhibition produced by the Montreal Science Centre that allows visitors to experience Indigenous culture in Canada through the lens of science and innovation. Learn more about the role and access the job description here

To apply, please email your resume with the subject line “Indigenous Ingenuity Coordinator” to Leni Brem at info@indigenoustourismontario.ca by December 10, 2021 at 11:59pm.


15 Indigenous-Made Gifts to Give this Holiday Season
Indulge your senses this holiday with unique, 100% Indigenous-made gifts by artisans from across Ontario! Check off your holiday shopping list with everything from wild rice teas to candles with foraged ingredients and all-natural beauty products. Read ITO’s holiday gift guide at: IndigenousExperienceOntario.ca
Chef David Wolfman Partners with CN Tower 360 Restaurant
Chef David Wolfman in collaboration with the CN Tower 360 Restaurant have curated a special new menu that celebrates Indigenous cuisine and culinary traditions in Canada. Wolfman, member of the Xaxli’p First Nation, is an internationally recognized expert in wild game and traditional Indigenous cuisine. He has been a culinary arts professor at George Brown College in Toronto since 1994 and is also executive producer and host of a popular APTN program, Cooking with the Wolfman. The 360 Restaurant will be offering this menu for the month of December! Check out some of the behind the scenes action on their instagram here.
Beam Paints featured in Vogue Knitting and Chatelaine’s Canadian Gifts Magazine

Beam Paints makes their debut in Vogue Knitting (Winter 2021/22) magazine and in the November issue of Chatelaine Magazine’s ‘60 Made-in-Canada Gifts for Everyone on Your List

In a 2019 edition profile story with Snapline, Owner and Operator Anong Beam shares where it all began; “I learned how to collect pigment with my father in the La Cloche mountain range close to home. He taught me how our ancestors made paint to make ‘mizzins,’ designs on a rock face with hematite to share their histories, proud moments, and cautions. Now, in my adult life, I have returned to this practice with children of my own, experiencing making paint and colour with them. I have given myself the authority of my experience, and as a paint maker I have decided to name all my colours in my own language. The act of paint making has continued to be a powerful shamanic act for myself as I learned it from my father and now as I share it with other artists.” Learn more about Anong and Beam paints,

ITO and The Royal Present ORIGINS

ITO in collaboration with The Royal Fair present a brand new series ORIGINS hosted by world-renowned chef, Micheal Bonacini. See through the lens of Indigenous chefs while learning about their cultures, traditions, techniques and current challenges. A series that will take you on a journey to unearth the roots of culture and cuisine. 
In Episode 1, Chef Michael Bonacini visits Six Nations to forage with Chef Taylor Parker. Together they discuss the importance and medicinal education of foraging for food from the land.
In Episode 2, Chef Michael Bonacini stops by Yawékon by Chef Tawnya Brant in Six Nations where Michael is surprised with an Indigenous take on his favourite dish, beef bourguignon; or in this case, moose bourguignon!
In Episode 3, Chef Michael Bonacini met up with Chef Joseph Shawana at Centennial College to explore the importance of passing knowledge on to youth and promoting Indigenous careers in hospitality.
In Episode 4, Chef Michael Bonacini visits Chef Shawn Adler’s Flying Chestnut Kitchen to learn about Shawn’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion. Tune in to hear how Shawn is reconnecting to his Indigenous roots.
Federal Government Re-Introduces Travel Restrictions and Requirements for International Travellers
Americans Currently Exempt From New Border Measures.
Due to the discovery of the Omicron variant, the Federal Government announced additional border measures to reduce the risk of the importation and transmission of COVID-19 and its variants. Any foreign nationals who have been in any of the following countries within the previous 14 days will not be permitted entry into Canada:
  • Botswana
  • Egypt;
  • Eswatini;
  • Lesotho;
  • Malawi;
  • Mozambique;
  • Namibia;
  • Nigeria;
  • South Africa; and
  • Zimbabwe.
Canadian citizens, regardless of their vaccination status, who have been in any of these 10 countries in the previous 14 days, will be subject to enhanced pre-entry and arrival testing, screening, and quarantine measures.

All fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air from departure points other than the United States will be subject to arrival testing. Fully vaccinated travellers will be required to quarantine while they await the results of their arrival test. Unvaccinated travellers, with right of entry to Canada, will continue to be tested on arrival and day 8 and quarantine for 14 days. Those arriving by air will be required to stay in a designated quarantine facility or other suitable location while they await the result of their on-arrival test. Learn more here.

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