A Three Fires Collaborative Quest: Now Accepting Applications
Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO), in collaboration with the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) and the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), is now accepting applications for A Three Fires Collaborative Quest Program – a program designed to support recovery and growth of the province’s Indigenous tourism workforce by building the labour pool and filling critical gaps within the industry.

The program, aptly named Three Fires, will be executed in three phases – each managed by one of the three aforementioned partners respectively.

Indigenous tourism businesses will receive one-on-one coaching and support from ITO’s Indigenous Business Advisory (IBA) Program to assist in getting them market ready for the reopening. The structured content delivered to participants of the IBA Program will address all areas of a tourism operation required for business sustainability and success and will follow market-ready standards established specifically for the Indigenous tourism industry.

The second fire will be managed by OTEC who will design and execute workshops to provide customized frontline training for 100+ Indigenous tourism employees as well as the IBA group.

The third fire, executed by TIAO, is an employee-to-employer matching event designed to bridge the gap between the other two fires by helping Indigenous tourism employees find employers, and conversely, tourism businesses (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) find employees.

To apply for the program as a potential employee, you must self-identify as Indigenous. You will have the opportunity to participate in training workshops facilitated by OTEC and you will be matched with tourism employers to complete a paid job placement.

To apply for the program as an employer, you must be a tourism business in Ontario, and you must be willing to support your new employee’s training and development in collaboration with the program. After completing the program you will be eligible to receive a wage subsidy of 30%, to a maximum of $3,000 per employee hired.
Ontario’s Indigenous Tourism Economic Study

Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO), along with MDB Insight, has launched a new Economic Study to understand the effects of COVID-19 on the Indigenous Tourism industry in Ontario. The information collected in this study will be vital for the recovery of the industry, as ITO will use the findings to advocate on your behalf. ITO, along with our partners and members will continue to work towards understanding our present to honour our past, while growing for the future.

We need your participation.
From June 21st – July 30th you may be randomly selected to participate in a survey by phone or email. The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. To thank you for your time, the first 200 businesses to complete the survey will receive a $15 Tim Horton’s gift card compliments of the ITO team. In turn, the information from the survey will be used to help secure support for operators, recovery funding and to plan future Ontario Indigenous tourism development activities. ITO respectfully invites you to participate in the Impacting Our Future project. Your input will be invaluable to the project. If you have any questions, please contact Leni Brem, Director of Operations, Indigenous Tourism Ontario at 
July 9th Deadline:
Ontario Tourism & Travel Small Business Support Grant
Deadline Extended: The Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant will continue to accept applications until Friday, July 9th, 2021. The grant provides one-time payments of $10,000 to $20,000 to eligible small businesses in the tourism and travel sector. This grant will support eligible small tourism and travel businesses that did not receive the Ontario Small Business Support Grant (OSBSG). To qualify, businesses must have fewer than 100 employees and demonstrate they have experienced a minimum 20 per cent revenue decline between 2019 and 2020. Small business owners can use the grant in whatever way makes the most sense for their business. For example, some businesses could use the support to pay employee wages, while others can use it to invest in their recovery. 


2021 Weengushk International Film Festival
The countdown is on! The fourth annual Weengushk International Film Festival (WIFF) starts tomorrow! 

Date: July 8 – July 11, 2021

At its core WIFF is an Indigenous-based organization. Their philosophy is to present the highest quality films that emphasize Indigenous voices with human rights, social/political issues, and the environment, while providing entertainment and an escape through film for everyone.

Grab your favourite snacks, purchase your tickets and tune in Thursday, July 8 – Sunday, July 11 as WIFF brings over 40 cutting edge films, amazing musical acts, informative workshops and filmmaker Q&A’s all directly into your home. Stream in real time or watch at a later date through partner steaming site Eventive. Workshops and filmmaker Q&A’s will be streamed FREE on the Weengushk 
Facebook and Youtube page!
2021 Ontario Tourism Summit

Whether in person or online, register for this year’s Ontario Tourism Summit (OTS21) and connect with tourism professionals from around the province to gather, share, and collaborate in rebuilding Ontario’s tourism industry. 

Date: October 26, 2021 – October 27, 2021
Location: In-person components will be held at Brookstreet Hotel (525 Legget Dr, Kanata, ON K2K 2W2)

#TourismCounts! Will you join ITO in attending the OTS21 on October 26 & 27 for the tourism industry event of the year? Whether in person or virtual, TIAO will be hosting as many people as is safe to do so at the award-winning 4 Diamond Brookstreet Hotel in Ottawa. This year’s summit is all about Respect, Collaboration and Rebuilding our future. OTS21 is an excellent opportunity to recognize all the innovation within Ontario’s tourism sector. This year the Summit is back to normal programming with full-day interactive activities for in-person and virtual audiences to network together.
Job Opportunity: Park Attendant, Chiefswood Park

Chiefswood Park is currently looking for a Park Attendant. Chiefswood Park is a world class cultural heritage destination that offers a variety of product experiences aiming to teach guests about authentic Haudenosaunee culture. Reporting to the Chiefswood Park Manager, the Chiefswood Park Attendant will assist in managing the administrative and operational services of Chiefswood Park, located in the Six Nations of the Grand River Community.

Posting will close Thursday, July 15th, 2021. View the full listing and apply
Job Opportunity: Field Manager, Headwaters

Headwaters is currently looking for a Field Manager. The Field Manager is responsible for the continual and consistent identification of and engagement with tourism stakeholders and supporters in the Headwaters Tourism Region – developing strong community relationships by consistently providing training, networking, marketing and other opportunities that build tourism capacity and grow the tourism economy within their region, supporting the yearly business plan and strategy.

All submissions must be received by Friday, July 16th, 2021 at 5:00pm. View the full listing 
here. Email submissions to careers@centralcounties.ca.


Indigenous Women
Leading the Way
From fresh arctic char ceviche to scrumptious sweetgrass cherry cake, Chefs Norma Condo, Tawnya Brant, Sheila Flaherty, Christa Bruneau-Guenther, Kirsten Buck, Inez Cook beautifully showcase their heritage with delicious recipes in a recent Chatelaine magazine article.

The article highlights the delectable foods of diverse Indigenous communities across Canada and at the same time showcases 6 incredible Indigenous women who are leading the way in the Indigenous culinary world. Tracing the roots of each Chef and their ties to food culture, this article showcases the immense beauty of the Indigenous culinary community and the ingenuity of 6 trailblazing Indigenous women. Read the full article
Have you Taken the Pledge?
Join ITO in taking the O’De Piitaanemaan Pledge. Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism (PKT), a division of Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development and the official Destination Marketing Organization for the City and County of Peterborough, has launched the “O’de Piitaanemaan Pledge” (Pronounced Oh-da Pee-tah-na-mawn).
Created in consultation with Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation and drawing on the traditional teachings of the Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg, the O’de Piitaanemaan Pledge is about respect: respect for the land, for each other, and for those who will come after us. 
As tourism destinations across the province prepare to reopen, we all have an opportunity to be better travellers and rethink tourism.

The O’de Piitaanemaan Pledge is as follows:
  • I pledge to be light on the land and wise on the water
  • I’ll explore my surroundings with an open heart, ask for help when I need it, and be kind to strangers
  • Before starting my day, I’ll gear up, make a game plan, and get wind of the weather
  • I’ll remember my miigwech’s, thank-you’s, and merci’s
  • With every new season, I’ll seek fresh experiences and flavours, trails, and friends
  • I’ll place safety before sport when pedalling, paddling, parking, or power boating
  • Be it bison, baked goods, or a crafty brew, I’ll buy local where I can 
  • I’ll greet new cultures and traditional teachings with curiosity, kindness, and compassion 
  • After feeding my soul with authentic adventures, I’ll take fond memories with me and leave nothing but footprints behind
TIAO Releases Findings from Reopening and Recovery Challenges Survey
The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Ontario’s tourism businesses have been wide-ranging and significant. As Ontario moves to Steps 2 and 3 this summer under the province’s Roadmap to Reopen framework, many tourism businesses are encountering challenges to reopening, rebuilding, and long-term recovery just as provincial and federal supports begin to wind down.  

In June, TIAO conducted a survey to collect up-to-date information on the current challenges facing tourism business operations as the province is reopening. The results of the survey show a worsening picture of financial health affecting 
businesses capacity to reopen and prospects for long-term recovery.

The findings of this survey are available in TIAO’s new report, ‘The Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19 on Ontario’s Tourism Businesses and Capacities to Reopen, Rebuild, and Recover,’ 

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