Kwe Kwe, Aanii, Boozhoo, She:kon, Sge:no, Wachay, Shekoli, Tansi, Greetings!
As today marks the beginning of a new season, we wish all of our members, partners and followers a safe and healthy season. For many Indigenous people, fall is a special time. Hunting and harvesting throughout the season fills our bellies through the winter but the real value is the time spent with family and friends. As the air gets cooler and the leaves begin to change, our ties with the land and each other grow stronger. To those heading out into nature this fall we remind you to look through an Indigenous lens and appreciate all the beauty this season offers to us. 


A Three Fires Collaborative Quest
Are you looking for a position in the Ontario Tourism Industry? Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO), in collaboration with the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), and the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) are now accepting applications for A Three Fires Collaborative Quest – 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.

To be eligible for the program as a potential employee, you must self-identify as Indigenous. After being accepted into the program, beginning in Fall 2021, you will have the opportunity to participate in frontline training workshops facilitated by OTEC. These workshops are suitable for potential employees whether you are just starting in the tourism industry, or if you have experience but are seeking a new position within the industry.

After completing the training program, 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 video interviews with potential employers, and vice-versa, in order to provide you the opportunity to secure employment in 2022.
Deadline Approaching: Community Building Fund
Applications deadline is approaching for the Capital Stream of the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund! The fund provides support for non-profits, Indigenous communities and Municipalities in the community sport and recreation sector to help strengthen communities by supporting the repair, renovation or retrofitting of existing sport and recreation facilities to address local community need or public health requirements identified through COVID-19.  
Organizations applying to the fund need to operate or manage sport and recreation facilities in Ontario that serve the public at-large, and must be one of the following: 
  • A charitable organization or public foundation registered as a charity by the Canada Revenue Agency 
  • An organization incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation without share capital in a Canadian jurisdiction 
  • A First Nation / Métis / Inuit or other Indigenous community 
  • A Municipality 
Application deadline is September 29, 2021 at 5:00pm ET. 
New Destination Ontario
Research Released
Destination Ontario (DO) has released a study on the impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian economy and consumer sentiment as of August 24, 2021. The purpose of this study is to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, the consumer mindset and to inform marketing recovery strategies. In order to achieve this, DO has accessed various economic, public attitude and behaviour studies. Read the report here.
Additional COVID-19 Resources for Business
The Gov. of Ontario recently shared additional COVID-19 resources for businesses.

Click here for an extensive Q&A document which covers a number of topics.

Click here for a full list of supports for businesses on Ontario’s COVID-19 Help for Business site. This site is continually updated and will include:

  • The launch of a new app to make it easier and more convenient for businesses and organizations to read and verify proof of vaccination (i.e., that a digital vaccine receipt is valid);
  • Providing communication supports to businesses to inform the public of the new requirement.

Businesses and organization may also submit questions and feedback to the Ministry of Health by clicking here.


Virtual Orange Shirt Day Programming
Truth and Reconciliation day is next Thursday, September 30th, 2021. This day has been legislated as a federal statutory holiday and is a call for reflection and action for all Canadians. The team at Woodland Cultural Centre has worked hard to organize 10 days of virtual programming for organizations, students, as well as the public at home. Registration is open! Limited spots are available, book your spot today. Learn more about the history of Orange Shirt Day here
Truth & ReconciliACTION Day Concert
Virtual Tickets still available for the Truth & ReconciliACTION Day Concert!

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Location: Virtual and in-person at The Regent Theatre, 224 Main Street, Picton ON K0K 2T0
Show start: 8:00pm

A multi award-winning lineup of Indigenous artists David R Maracle, Tom Wilson, Digging Roots and special opening performer Eaoh Argos will take the stage in honour of Truth & Reconciliation Day. This concert will be held live at the Regent for a limited audience and live-streamed for all to enjoy.
Raven Rising at Holt Renfrew
Last Call for Vendors
On September 30, 2021, Science North will celebrate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with a new event honouring Indigenous science, innovation, arts and culture. Science North and its partners, including ITO, Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, Wikwemikong Tourism and N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre, will  welcome visitors to the science centre to explore the Indigenous Ingenuity: Timeless Inventions exhibit, the Regalia: Native Pride art exhibit, and other experiences and activities. We’d like to invite you to be a part of this important event! 

Science North is looking for food and retail vendors to take part in a marketplace during the event. Showcase your items to visitors from 3pm-8pm on Thursday, September 30th.  There is no charge to participate.  Each vendor will be provided with a 10×10 space, including tables, chairs, and access to power. The marketplace will happen outdoors if possible; some covered spots will be available on our grounds.  Deadline to apply: Friday, September 24th, 2021.
Special Announcement with Minister Rickford


The Connections Series
The last year has made one thing clear, that it is the people – their faces, stories, and experiences – that are the backbone to the Ontario Highlands and what make the region stand apart from the rest. In 2021, Ontario Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO) set out to meet the people and discover their stories and special connections, whether it be with the land, water, people, food, music, or wild spaces. Born from this journey is The Connections Series, a documentary series showcasing the stories of the people who live here. 

In Episode 3: Connected to Land, OHTO invites you to follow along with Amber Hein’s story of becoming a traditional hide tanner. “It’s deepened my connection to the land, through my ancestors and through traditional practices,” says Amber. Read more and learn how you can connect with the land 
Proof of Vaccination Rules in Effect as of Today
As of today, Wednesday, September 22, the government will require patrons to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status and proof of ID to enter certain businesses and organizations, with a focus on higher-risk indoor public settings. Requiring proof of vaccination to enter the specified businesses and organizations is based on the risk of the setting and aligns with the goals of overall provincial response to COVID-19 by: 
  • Limiting COVID-19 transmission and outbreaks 
  • Encouraging vaccination 
  • Supporting Ontario’s businesses in remaining open 

The government has also set new targets to beat the Delta variant of COVID-19, they have set a target rate of 90% of the eligible population (12+) to have received their first dose and second dose of a vaccine. These new targets are not for exiting Step 3 and capacity limits are remaining the same. 

In regards to the proof of vaccination general guidelines, the proof of vaccination rules are for patrons only, not staff, businesses can implement their own proof of vaccination policy if not covered by these regulations, but need to seek their own legal advice. Additionally, other public health and workplace safety measures will still apply, including masking, screening, and track and trace. 

In order to be considered ‘fully vaccinated,’ patrons must have received: 

  • The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada  
  • Health Canada-authorized COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson   
  • A combination of doses of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by Health Canada  
  • One dose of a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine plus one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine not approved by Health Canada   
  • 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada  
  • PLUS 14 days elapsed since the 2nd dose by the time proof of vaccination provided  
  • Trial vaccines will NOT be accepted** 

Providing Proof of Vaccination  

  • Proof of vaccination can be shown on paper or on mobile device (e.g., PDF)  
  • Accepted ID does not need to be photo ID – only requires name & DOB (information must match proof of vaccination document)  
  • Accepted forms of ID:  
  • Birth certificate   
  • Citizenship card   
  • Driver’s licence   
  • Government-issued ID card (Ontario issued or other), including health card   
  • Indian status card/indigenous membership card   
  • Passport   
  • Permanent resident card 
  • The patron must provide proof of being fully vaccinated and proof of ID at the point of entry to the required setting   
  • Patrons cannot pre-display or upload proof of vaccination: no data retention of data allowed   
  • The business or organization must review and confirm proof of ID and vaccination – they are responsible for ensuring they meet the requirements to check for proof of vaccination and ID from patrons  
  • The patron seeking entry is solely responsible for demonstrating that they are legitimate holders of the vaccination receipt  
  • Patrons are not allowed to enter a business or organization if the name and DOB on both documents do not match 

Below is a list of the businesses and organizations in which proof of vaccination will be required: 

  • Indoor areas of commercial film & TV productions w/ studio audiences (NEW)  
  • Indoor areas of waterparks (NEW)  
  • Indoor areas of concert venues, theatres, cinemas   
  • Indoor areas of restaurants, bars, other food & drink establishments (excluding outdoor patios & takeout)  
  • Indoor food service/food courts (e,g., café at costco)   
  • Indoor AND outdoor areas of food & drink establishments with dance facilities (e.g., nightclubs, restoclubs; excluding takeout)  
  • Indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks, & other similar venues  
  • Indoor areas where spectators watch sporting events   
  • Indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls, other gaming establishments  
  • Indoor areas of facilities for sports & recreational fitness activities, including personal fitness training  
  • Indoor meeting & event spaces (e.g., banquet halls, conference/convention centres) 

Proof of Vaccination Exemption: 

  • Children under 12    
  • Patrons under 18 entering the indoor premises of a sports and recreational facility in order to participate in an organized sport ONLY   
  • Patrons with a medical exemption (must present ID AND written document) – must have written documentation from a doctor or nurse stating they are exempt for a medical reason from COVID-19 vaccination 
  • At weddings, funerals, rites, and ceremonies you do not need to show proof of vaccination if: 
  • The service is held in a meeting or event space and you are attending the wedding funeral, rite, or ceremony but not the social gathering (e.g., reception) 
  • The associated social gathering is held in a business licensed under the Funeral, Burial, and Cremation Services Act 

Enforcement of Proof of Vaccination: 

  • All provincial offence officers: by-law, police, public health inspectors, regulatory officers from ministries & agencies can enforce proof of vaccination 
  • Non-compliance by individuals and business can result in charges & fines   
  • Provincial offence officers may take a measured approach to enforcing orders that balance public safety, health, & other risks businesses owners are managing   
  • Starting this week, officers are visiting businesses and organizations to raise awareness of new proof of vaccination requirements   
  • The government will also provide information on tools and resources to help businesses and organizations implement the necessary COVID-19 safety plan measures – e.g., workplace violence & harassment measures   
  • In the event of harassment or threats of violence, contact law enforcement 

For more information on the vaccine certificate, please read the following: 

Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act (gov.on.ca) 

Vaccine Update: The Last Mile Technical Briefing

MOH briefing on vaccine certificate


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