Toronto Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnership Fund
Toronto continues to be home to many diverse Indigenous peoples, whose artistic and creative contributions are vital to the fabric of the city. The Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnerships Fund, organized by The City of Toronto, aims to spark new relationships between Indigenous artists, arts and culture leaders and professionals, and potential partners at both the grassroots and institutional levels.

The application deadline for the Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnerships Fund is September 30, 2021 at 5:00pm. For more information on how to apply, projects and activities that the Fund supports, eligibility criteria and more, visit the Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnership Fund website.

A virtual information session will be held on Wednesday, June 23 at 2:00pm. To sign up for the information session, please contact Konrad Skorupa.
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.


Skode Program:
Upcoming Information Sessions
ITO and the Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab have partnered to 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. 

Information Session 1
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Time: 5:00-5:45pm

Register now.

Information Session 2
Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Time: 11:30am-12:15pm

Register now
How to be Featured in ITO’s Consumer Confidence Campaign
Membership Information Session: CGLCC/CTA
Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Time: 12:00-12:45pm

Are you looking to understand and access the dynamic LGBT+ tourism market? Join
Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) and the Culinary Tourism Alliance (CTA) to see resources available for you and your business. During this membership information session you’ll learn about the benefits available to members of Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce, including access to regular networking events, professional development opportunities, and involvement in a unique and dynamic community. You’ll also learn about earmarked benefits and support for businesses operating in the tourism and hospitality industry – including their Tourism Program and partnership with the CTA. Register for the information session here.
Lunch and Learn with Minister MacLeod
Date: Monday, May 10, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm 

Join Minister Lisa MacLeod for a lunch-and-learn webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on the heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries with special guests:
  • Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Darryl Bricker, CEO, IPSOS Public Affairs
Minister Lisa MacLeod, Dr. David Williams and Darrell Bricker will discuss current trends and recent polling as we continue the fight against COVID-19.

For lunch, show your love for local by ordering take-out from your favourite restaurant and share a photo on social media using the hashtag #Local4Lunch, tag the restaurant and @MacLeodLisa so we can showcase some of our province’s great restaurants. Let’s #Local4Lunch!
CES Presents: Grassroots Chats with Clinton Belcher
Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Time: 11:00am EST

Grab a coffee and join Clinton, CEO and President of
Canadian Ecotourism Services (CES), for a conversation about grassroots tourism and discuss the benefits it can bring to your community. Clinton has worked alongside Indigenous leaders across Canada and abroad to realize their community’s vision for grassroots tourism development. CES welcome you to share ideas and stories and discuss some of the challenges you and your community have faced regarding tourism. 


Indigenous Ingenuity
A New Exhibit from ITO and Science North Launches this Spring!

ITO and Science North have partnered to create the vibrant, interactive Indigenous Ingenuity exhibit in Sudbury, ON designed to showcase valuable Indigenous innovations. 

The interactive, educational, family-friendly experience boasts a 7,000 sq. ft. space divided by colour patterns representing the different lands where ingenious, Indigenous-made inventions like kayaks, canoes, mukluks and more come from. The highly immersive exhibit will offer visitors the opportunity to climb inside a dogsled or strap on a pair of VR goggles, respecting a wide array of different learning styles. This is one of the many ways that the exhibit honours Indigenous pedagogy, as it embraces several different learning styles. Additionally, the exhibit integrates oral storytelling into many elements of the space.

Please note: The video above was filmed at the Montreal Science Centre pre-COVID. While Indigenous Ingenuity is a hands-on exhibit, it will diligently follow all COVID-19 protocols. Science North and the Indigenous Ingenuity exhibit will reopen when public health deems it safe to welcome visitors again. Read more about the exhibit and how Science North will ensure a COVID safe experience

Join ITO and Science North this spring in celebrating the ingenious inventions of Indigenous peoples at Indigenous Ingenuity! 


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

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