Caldwell First Nation to Develop Indigenous Tourism Destination 

World-travelling First Nation Chef Plans to Make Southwestern Ontario Town Prime Tourism Destination
With the help of Chef Billy Alexander, Caldwell First Nation is planning to make the town of Leamington a prime destination for gourmets, tourists, and people interested in learning more about First Nations. Read how Caldwell is bringing Indigenous culinary into the spotlight!

North Americana Podcast on Great Lakes Indigenous Culture Wins Gold Lowell Thomas Award

Congratulations to North Americana Podcast for receiving the morest prestigious travel journalism award in North America. The Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Foundation awarded the Gold Lowell Thomas Award for Best Podcast to North Americana’s episode Inside Great Lakes Indigenous Culture – Before There Was a Canada/US Border.

Recorded summer of 2019, the episode shares a cross-border story spotlighting the Anishinaabe people of the Great Lakes. The episode features Toronto’s chef Johl Whiteduck Ringuette of Nishdish Marketeria & Catering who shares his insights on food sovereignty while Luke Wassegijg and Steven Antoine share the history and stories of Manitoulin Island.

ITO is fortunate to have worked with host Liz Beatty on the project and are extremely pleased the SATW Foundation honoured this amazing work. 

View the full list of winners here


ITO Returns to the 2020 Virtual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair 

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.

Brand new content will include a LIVE discussion of Indigenous Culinary Philosophies.  Anishinaabe artist and activist Sarain Fox will host the live panel with four prominent Indigenous chefs from Ontario. The discussion will cover everything from pre-colonial cooking methods to the specific cultural and familial traditions that have informed the work these Chefs do today. The chefs will tackle questions around what constitutes Canadian cuisine and the particular challenges of bringing Indigenous culinary traditions into the mainstream, followed by a live Q&A.

Date: Friday, November 13th, 2020
Time: 11:00am ET
Chefs Joseph Shawana, Tawnya Brant, Billy Alexander, and Trudy Metcalfe-Coe

Stay tuned for more Virtual Royal news and events!



BDC Small Business Week: Forging the Way Forward

BDC Small Business Week is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship that the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has organized for over 40 years. Every year, close to 10,000 entrepreneurs gather to learn, network and celebrate the people building businesses across the country. 

This month, BDC released a study called 
The Response: How Entrepreneurs Are Adapting to the Pandemic. Based mainly on a survey of 1,000 Canadian SMEs, this report aims to present five business priorities. To support entrepreneurs in their projects, the study also presents practical advice and business cases. To help entrepreneurs better understand the need for action, this study also summarizes the pandemic’s impact on Canadian SMEs and the business environment in which they now operate. Access the study here

BDC is taking the time to recognize the resilience of Canadian entrepreneurs, trying to understand what has changed for Canadian businesses and looking to build for the future in these uncertain times. Join one of BDC’s virtual events this week, October 18 – 24, recognizing entrepreneurial resilience and forging the way forward.



Great Taste of Ontario

The Great Taste of Ontario (GTOO) has ideas, trips and stories to help you fall in love with Ontario again, and again.

Each season, you can download one of over 80 passports to help guide your planning and inspire. Then, when you’re ready, take the time to safely visit the growers and makers who make Ontario so special. Each time you check-in, you’ll be one step closer to redeeming some sweet Ontario-made prizes – while supporting communities across Ontario too!

As part of the Great Taste of Ontario campaign, the Globe and Mail featured several local businesses, stories, and culinary gems to visit on your next road trip. On Friday, October 16th GTOO featured First Nation chef, Billy Alexander, who shared the Haudenosaunee story of the Three Sisters. The campaign also includes advice on how to explore communities safely in the pandemic.

ITO President and CEO, Kevin Eshkawkogan weighs in on travel tips before you hit the road.


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