Indigenous Tourism Ontario Newsletter – June 17, 2020
SUMMER SOLSTICE INDIGENOUS FESTIVAL
5 More Days of Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival
Did you miss last weeks programming? Rewatch Chef Paul Owl’s foraged traditional tea workshop and explore some simple techniques used to build and extract flavours! Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is in its final week of events and we invite you to continue virtually celebrating with us. Join us this weekend from Friday, June 19th – Sunday, June 21st to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day with a Social Distance Pow Wow! This year, Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is pleased to join forces with the Social Distance Pow Wow Facebook Group to come together online and share their creator given talents while supporting one another. Check out the link below for details about this unique program and more workshops you can join in the next 5 days!
ITO KICKS OFF DEVELOPMENT OF POST-PANDEMIC RECOVERY PLAN
ITO is excited to be kick-starting the development of its Post-Pandemic & Recovery Plan for the Indigenous tourism industry in Ontario.
As Indigenous tourism operators and organizations across the province are facing unprecedented challenges in the face of COVID-19, ITO is looking at the ways in which we can help to support the industry recover now and into the future.
However, we can’t do this alone! We are looking for your ideas, thoughts and insights for helping the Indigenous tourism industry to recover post-COVID-19.
If you are an industry association or a potential or existing partner of ITO, please consider filling out our online partner survey.
If you are an Indigenous tourism operator and would like to share your story about how COVID-19 has impacted your business or any ideas that you have for helping the industry to recover, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your insights will contribute towards ITO’s Post-Pandemic & Recovery Plan.
ITAC RECEIVES ADDITIONAL STIMULUS FUNDS
Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) Receives $16M in stimulus grant funding to support Indigenous tourism. June 11th, 2020
The Federal Government of Canada announced they will spend a further $133 million on helping Indigenous businesses suffering the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, of which $16 million is being allocated in support of Indigenous businesses in the tourism sector.
The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) will oversee this tourism funding, which will support over 600 Indigenous tourism businesses in the form of up to $25,000 non-repayable grants.
Last Wednesday June 10th, 2020 at 11:30am, Destination Ontario launched a new Ontario tourism website called Ontario Live. This website serves as a virtual marketplace that brings Ontario together to help support local artists, operators, attractions and businesses throughout the province. Coming soon, you’ll be able to buy, donate to, or experience the best Ontario has to offer all in one place.
Destination Ontario is calling artists, operators, attractions and businesses to register now for the opportunity to be featured on Ontario Live and reach people across the province.