Treaty Recognition Week in Ontario
In 2016, Treaty Recognition Week was established as an annual event to increase awareness about treaty rights and relationships. Treaties were established as a means of co-existence between First Nations and colonial governments in order for harmony to exist while sharing the land that was occupied by First Nations Peoples. Much of what we enjoy in Ontario today is a direct result of these treaties.

In the spirit of partnership and mutual aid, which the treaties were built upon, we challenge you to learn more about our collective treaty rights and obligations with your children, family, friends and colleagues; remembering that critical knowledge and stories about the treaties have been passed down through oral history. By honouring our treaty relationships, we can look towards a respectful, mutually beneficial future for all.

Share something new you’ve learned on social media, tag @IndigenousTourismOntario, and tell us why treaties are important.


6 Days Left to Apply for Ontario Tourism Recovery Program
Applications are now open for the Ontario Tourism Recovery Program (OTRP). This $100-million program supports Ontario-based tourism businesses in the for-profit attractions, accommodations, and transportation sectors. The OTRP is a competitive, application-based grant program for historically successful, private sector tourism businesses that are significant drivers to their regional tourism economies.

Successful applicants can use funding for expenditures, such as:
  • reopening and operating expenses, including staff salaries and maintenance
  • health and safety measures to support the safety of visitors and workers
  • attracting visitors through tourism product and experience improvements and marketing.
Indigenous owned businesses do not need a CRA Business Number to apply. Full program guidelines and information about how to apply to the program are now available on the Ontario Tourism Recovery Program application page. Deadline to apply is November 10, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT.

IBA Support Available for OTRP Application
Please note that ITO’s Indigenous Business Advisors (IBA) are here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help work through the eligibility and application process. For immediate support, please contact IBA@indigenoustourismontario.ca.
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 will begin 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.
Proof of Vaccine Posters for Businesses and Organizations
To supplement the government of Ontario’s guidance document, Proof of Vaccination posters for businesses and organizations are available for print and display:


Job Opportunity: Program Coordinator, ITO

Indigenous Tourism Ontario is currently looking for a Program Coordinator for our Indigenous Business Advisory (IBA) Program, a core ITO service for Indigenous tourism entrepreneurs. The IBA Program assists Indigenous tourism businesses in improving sustainability and resiliency and encourages success within their operations through innovative one-on-one training, coaching and mentoring. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for administering the IBA Program. Learn more about the role and access the full job description here

To apply, please email your resume to info@indigenoustourismontario.ca  by Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 at 11:59pm.
IBA Info Night
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Time: 6:00pm

Mark your calendars! ITO will be hosting an Info Night on Facebook Live to answer Frequently Asked Questions about the Indigenous Business Advisory (IBA) program. 
We encourage our members to visit, chat, and learn about the Three Fires Collaborative Quest and how it can fill critical gaps within the industry and encourage recovery and growth of the tourism workforce in the province. Questions will be answered by an IBA Live! On November 9th, the Facebook Live stream will become available using the button below. See you then! 


InFocus Spotlights Indigenous Food Tourism Entrepreneur Raven Rising
According to a new forecast from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), the number of Indigenous business owners is growing at five times the rate of self-employed Canadians. Indigenous women are starting their own businesses at twice the rate of non-Indigenous women.

Tammy Maki of Raven Rising joins APTN’s InFocus host to share secrets of her success and how a seed of an idea grew into an Indigenous food tourism business. Watch the full InFocus segment

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