Last Tuesday, November 16th, Louis Riel Day was recognized across the country to commemorate the sacrifices and valuable contributions of Métis People. The Métis People are Indigenous Peoples of mixed First Nations and European (primarily French) ancestry. Through ethnogenesis, they became a distinct group during the fur trade era in the 1700’s. The Constitution Act of 1982 declared the Métis one of the three Indigenous groups in Canada, and as of 2016, Canada has a population of over 500,000 living Métis People.

This day honours Louis Riel, a visionary Métis politician and leader who dedicated his life to defending the rights and identity of Métis people. Learn more about the importance of Louis Riel Day on the Métis Nation of Ontario webpage 


Hiring and Training Supports
Quick Reference Guide
On November 10th, Employment North hosted an Employer HR Supports Info Session geared towards local employers looking to grow their team. The panel discussed key funding supports and grants across several different industries including hospitality and tourism. Among many programs that were presented, ITO President and CEO, Kevin Eshkawkogan, shared more about the training, wage subsidy and employer-employee matchmaking supports that can be accessed through A Three Fires Collaborative Quest.

To hear more about the programs you can access, watch the full recording 
A summary of the Hiring and Training Supports that were presented can be viewed in the Quick Reference Guide below.
A Three Fires Collaborative Quest
Are you an Ontario Tourism Business Looking to Hire?
Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO) in collaboration with the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) and the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) are accepting applications for 
A Three Fires Collaborative Quest Program – a program designed to fill critical gaps within the industry and encourage recovery and growth of the province’s tourism workforce by bringing awareness of opportunities to potential Indigenous employees.

Employer Participation
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. Potential employees are receiving their frontline training this Fall, 2021.

You will be invited to participate in the Employee to Employer Matching event taking place in Winter 2021. Hosted virtually, our online platform will allow you to schedule online interviews with potential employees, and vice-versa, to interview them for your eligible positions in 2022. Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to receive a wage subsidy of up to 30%, with a maximum of $3,000 per employee hired.
Tourism Toolkit for
Culinary + Shoulder Season
Elevating Canadian Experiences Resource Hubs: Culinary + Shoulder Season
Use this industry-expert developed toolkit to help you imagine new possibilities for your tourism experience. Explore content ranging from strategy development to practical tools and tips – all designed to help grow and adapt your tourism business as an operator and build tourism capacity in your region as a destination partner. Content is centered around three themes: Covid-19, Culinary Tourism and Winter/Shoulder Season Tourism.


Resorts of Ontario
Annual Conference
Date: November 22 – 24, 2021
Location: 1050 Paignton House RoadMinett, ON –
 JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa

Resorts of Ontario (ROO) are hosting their Annual Conference designed to help the resort community prepare for 2022. Attendees will receive top line insights pertaining to a provincial and national recovery to assist resorts in their planning processes, hear directly from Destination Ontario on their roadmap to recovery to help stakeholder partners, gain an overview of pandemic impacts to business, helpful tools, education and tips to surmount the shifts imposed by the current reality, connecting with nature and learning how to apply this insight to necessary change and transformation, and fundamentally, an inspiring keynote designed to see the lighter side of life. Learn more about the conference
Six Nations Tourism
Christmas Market
Mark your calendar. The local Christmas Market at Six Nations of the Grand River is coming soon! 
November 27 & 28 at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA)
December 2 at Chiefswood Park
December 3 at Ogwehoweh Skills and Trades Training Centre (OSTTC)
December 4 & 5 The Greens at Renton
Save the Date
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 first Three Fires Collaborative Quest Employee-to-Employer Matching Event is taking place on Monday, December 6th, 2021. Hosted virtually, our online platform will allow you to schedule online interviews with potential employees, and vice-versa, to interview for eligible positions in 2022. 

If you haven’t already applied for the program, there is still time!  Apply now for
A Three Fires Collaborative Quest – a program designed to build capacity for the tourism workforce in Ontario. Questions? Email us at IBA@IndignousTourismOntario.ca. For full program details and how to apply, please click here.


MHCC Wins Company of the Year in the 35th Annual Northern Ontario Business Awards
Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre Named Company of the Year 
Nine outstanding entrepreneurs and organizations from across the North are being lauded for their contributions as winners of the 2021 Northern Ontario Business Awards (NOBA). Launched in 1986, NOBA aims to heighten the visibility and influence of business in the North and bring peer recognition to the business leaders who create prosperity and economic growth. Open since 2013, the Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre has met a need for additional accommodations in the area, while enhancing the tourism industry as a whole. Collectively owned by six area First Nations, the hotel generates revenue for its members, boosts the marketing profile of Manitoulin Island, and creates employment for residents: in 2019, the hotel employed 78 people, 80 per cent of whom identified as status First Nation. Read the full article here.
Thrive Tours Featured in
Saints of Fall Campaign Showcasing SSM Tourism

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

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