Treaty Recognition Week

New Indigenous “Treaty Teachings” Launched During Treaties Recognition Week

As we continue to celebrate #TreatyRecognitionWeek we are proud to share news from our partners at the
The Moccasin Identifier.

This project is founded by Carolyn King in partnership with Mississaugas of the Credit and the Greenbelt Foundation, to promote public awareness of significant cultural historic sites and the ancestral presence of First Nations, Metis and Indigenous Communities. The Moccasin Identifier project uses traditional footwear to educate Ontarians about the Indigenous footprints that covered this land long before the settlers arrived. 

Since 2011, the Moccasin identifier initiative has grown at a grassroots level, visiting schools and universities and being part of public events and workshops. Over the last two years a pilot Moccasin Identifier curriculum has been incorporated into hundreds of schools reaching thousands of students. Through collaboration with teachers and students, the curriculum has been refined and made accessible online. For this year’s #TreatyRecognitionWeek, the new Moccasin Identifier curriculum has been launched online and can be accessed for free.

In addition to the school curriculum, Moccasin Identifier kits will be available for purchase by schools, organizations, and individuals in the near future. The kit includes drawings of historical moccasins used by Haudensaunee, Anishinaabe, Huron-Wendat and Cree. The original moccasins are in the Bata Shoe Museum, where early research was conducted by artist Philip Cote. The stencils are used to create temporary or permanent paintings of the moccasin designs.

Visit their
website and Facebook page for more information.

Ontario Tourism Summit

Full of insight, knowledge and inspiration, the Ontario Tourism Summit 2020, hosted by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), was held virtually last week on October 27-28. With themes like hyperlocal, resilience, support local, and collaboration, a diverse group of speakers and attendees gathered to learn and share important pivots in 2020. ITO President and CEO,  Kevin Eshkawkogan, was one of the many speakers who shared their expertise. To conclude the event, the highly anticipated 2020 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence were announced! Check out the Post-Summit Resource Package for speaker presentations and more.


ITO + DNO Win 2020 Culinary Tourism Leadership Award

On Wednesday, October 28, 2020, the winners of the 2020 Ontario Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence were announced at the virtually held Ontario Tourism Summit Awards Gala that recognized individuals and businesses who have made significant contributions to Ontario’s tourism industry. The Culinary Tourism Leadership Award recognizes an Ontario organization, collaborative group or community who has or is working on developing a destination through investment in food, drink and/or agri-tourism.

Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO) and Destination Northern Ontario (DNO) are proud recipients of the 2020 Culinary Tourism Leadership Award! In a region that is dotted with Tim Horton shops and known more for shore lunches than other signature dining experiences, the idea of developing a great Northern Ontario food tourism offering posed some challenges. This partnership exemplified what’s possible when two organizations work together to build something unique – from the ground up.

To view the full list of 2020 Ontario Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence, click 

2020 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence

Indigenous Tourism Ontario wants to wish a special congratulations to Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre for winning the 2020 Indigenous Tourism Award!

Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre (KNCWN) is owned and operated by Rainy River First Nations (RRFN) and offers indoor and outdoor interpretive tours, workshop-based learning activities, a collections space with over 16,000 cultural items, a gift shop that showcases artwork by local Anishinaabe artists, and a restaurant with a menu featuring traditional Anishinaabe ingredients. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1969, the site contains the largest concentration of Indigenous burial mounds in North America. The importance of this site has been acknowledged for generations by all cultures and peoples who have lived, travelled, and admired the majestic Manidoo Ziibi or Spirit River (Rainy River). The Centre is an educational resource for the community and allows Rainy River First Nations to educate visitors about Anishinaabe history, language, geography, culture, and traditions. Through these activities, the site continues to serve as a gathering place, a role it has played for thousands of years.

View the full list of Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence Winners 


Royal Agricultural Virtual Experience

Discover Indigenous Ontario at this year’s Royal Agricultural Virtual Experience

As a proud participant of the 2020 Royal Agricultural Virtual Experience, ITO invites you to join us at our virtual booth to find brand new Indigenous culinary videos, preview cutting edge Virtual Reality tours, and get to know ITO’s tourism network through our unique curated content. Your free registration gives you full, unlimited access to our virtual booth and tons of other Royal content gone virtual!

Make sure to catch our live presentations in the Royal Auditorium:

Chef Joseph Shawana Makes Seared Elk Tenderloin
Tuesday, November 10th, 2020
Time: 6:25pm ET

Chef Tawnya Brant Makes Wild Game Meatball Soup
Thursday, November 12th, 2020
Time: 5:30pm ET

Indigenous Culinary Philosophies Panel Discussion 
Hosted by Sarain Fox with panelists Chefs Joseph Shawana, Tawnya Brant, Billy Alexander, and Trudy Metcalfe-Coe

Date: Friday, November 13th, 2020
Time: 11:00am ET

NOTO Award Nomination Deadline Extended to Nov. 13

Calling all nature and outdoor tourism operators!

The Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario (NOTO) Awards were created to acknowledge the people who make Ontario’s tourism industry so vibrant. The awards are presented every year to NOTO members who have gone above and beyond to improve both the natural and working environment, and/or tourism as a whole. The award categories are as follows:
  • NOTO Conservation Award
  • Bob Giles Award
  • Outfitter of the Year Award
  • Tourism Champion
  • Preferred Supplier of the Year Award
  • Environmental Award
Know someone who you feel should be acknowledged for their contributions? Nominate them below!

Native Canadian Centre of Toronto Virtual Marketplace

Where: The marketplace will operate online from the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT) website and the NCCT Facebook Event Page
When: November 13th-22nd 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Virtual marketplace hosting local artists
  • Daily Facebook Live streams featuring Artist Interviews and product demos
  • Multiple daily prize giveaways generously donated by our artists
  • Live music performances
  • Live cooking classes
For more information on how to get involved please contact:
Courtney Cada, Indigenous Marketplace Administrator

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

This email was sent to *|EMAIL|*
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences