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CUSTOMIZED BUSINESS
RECOVERY SNAPSHOTS
Kwe Kwe / Aanii / Boozhoo / She:kon / Sge:no / Wachay / Shekoli / Tansi / Greetings,

Last week, ITO sent 100 members a customized Business Recovery Snapshot that included a recap of their participation in ITO’s Business Support Broker (BSB) program as well as tailored recommendations to guide their path to recovery.

The ITO team would like to inform you that the first phase of the Business Support Broker (BSB) program at ITO has come to an end. As part of 
ITO’s 5 Year Strategic and COVID-19 Recovery Plan, we are working to secure more resources for the enhanced second phase of the business support program called the Indigenous Business Advisory program.

Should you have any questions regarding the Business Recovery Snapshots or the Indigenous Business Advisory program, please do not hesitate to email us at
info@indigenoustourismontario.ca.

We look forward to continuing our relationship with members who participated in the program and we welcome any members who have not yet reached out to connect with us regarding our Indigenous Business Advisory program.

Chi miigwech, 

The ITO Team
REMINDER: ITAC STIMULUS FUND APPLICATIONS DUE SEPT 9TH

From August 19, 2020 to September 9, 2020, the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) has launched the second intake period for their COVID-19 Stimulus Development Fund. New information was shared with regards to existing applicants who applied during the first intake period that closed on April 30th, 2020.

Please note: If your business submitted an application in April 2020, you are an Existing Applicant.

EXISTING APPLICANTS: Existing applicants do not need to submit a new application. If not already submitted, existing applicants must complete a Declaration form and are required to upload a COVID-19 Recovery Plan and project budget, in order to finalize their original April 2020 application. This supplemental
information must be submitted by September 09, 2020.

NEW APPLICANTS: if you have not previously applied for the COVID-19 Stimulus Fund for your business, you will need to submit a full application, including the Declaration, COVID-19 Recovery Plan and project budget. Only one application can be submitted per business. Applications must be submitted by September 09, 2020.

If you require guidance developing a COVID-19 Recovery Plan, we recommend that you refer to 
ITO’s 5-Year Strategic & COVID-19 Recovery Plan and align your plan with Ontario’s provincial goals and direction. In addition, if you have received a Customized Business Recovery Snapshot from Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO), you may use this to supplement your business’ recovery plan.

Before you proceed in applying or making additions to your existing application, please carefully read the program description linked below.

Lastly, please ensure you are subscribed to both the 
ITAC and ITO newsletters and follow us on social media to make sure that you are receiving information and updates as they come.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
NEW APPLICANT
EXISTING APPLICANT
REMINDER: REGISTRATION TO BECOME A VENDOR IN RYERSON’S VIRTUAL POW WOW DUE SEPT 4TH
This year, Ryerson’s annual Pow Wow event will be going virtual. The virtual Pow Wow aims to extend economic opportunities, cultivate long-term relationships and leverage technology for placemaking, entrepreneurship and the exchange of Indigenous art and culture. The Ryerson 2020 Pow Wow will run from September 21-25 and will feature a full education week with different workshops, live videos and panels. There will be also be a virtual market place that will be open year-round starting in September 2020. Learn more about the event here

We strongly encourage businesses who currently do not have an online selling platform to register as Ryerson’s Business Innovation Hub will be able to support you. If you wish to register to be a vendor at the Pow Wow, please fill out the form linked below.

Deadline to register is September 4th, 2020.
REGISTER TO BE A VENDOR
VIRTUAL MARKETPLACE OPPORTUNITIES

Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada 

Register for a free membership with the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada and you will receive a complimentary web page in their virtual artist directory as well as receive alerts for new projects and opportunities that can help you reach larger markets and higher sales.
 

Indigenous Arts MarketPlace

More familiar with Facebook? Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada has also developed a Facebook marketplace group with approximately 2500 members you can connect with through posts advertising your craft. Click here to join Indigenous Arts Marketplace on Facebook.
 

Social Distancing Indigenous Art Market Group – Facebook

The Social Distancing Indigenous Art Market is a virtual marketplace for Indigenous artisans and vendors. Join this Facebook group to post links to your business’ website and advertise your work through Facebook posts and reach approximately 2800.
 

One of A Kind Show (OOAK) 

Applications to take part in the OOAK craft show are due on September 18, 2020. Those accepted will have the opportunity to pay for an expansive membership offering which includes a digital booth throughout their highly anticipated Winter show from October 22 – December 20, 2020. Apply now.

DIGITAL SHIFT SESSION 4: VIRTUAL REALITY TOURS
Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab has partnered with WEtech Alliance to host a virtual workshop supporting hard-hit tourism businesses in Ontario. Attendees will have the opportunity to chat with a “Shift Expert”, who has made digital pivots to their own business or organization, and can share the tangible learnings and potential pitfalls of finding new ways to deliver value online. Each 1-hour workshop will include overviews of tangible tools and templates for take-away learning. Previous topics have explored Backyard Tourism, the E-Marketplace, and making an attraction a digital experience. Click here to watch past sessions for free.

On September 15th, 2020, Session 4 will feature Shift Experts from ITO and ORIGIN to discuss the benefits and potential of developing tourism experiences in Virtual Reality (VR).
REGISTER FOR SESSION 4 NOW
ITO & ORIGIN VIRTUAL REALITY TOURS FEATURED ON CBC
Kevin Eshkawkogan, President and CEO of ITO, spoke with a CBC reporter about plans to create virtual reality tours as a tool to help businesses increase their product offerings. Eshkawkogan spoke about the benefits of virtual reality tours, especially during a pandemic when people are more hesitant to travel. He emphasized the importance of the VR tours being culturally authentic. “We just want to help tell the Indigenous story on Indigenous terms while helping business operators who are Indigenous grow their business.” Eshkawkogan told CBC. Read the full article here.
CANADIAN ONTARIO RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT (CORDA) 2021-2022 APPLICATIONS

Do you have a natural resource use or conservation project in mind for your community, organization, or small business? The Canada Ontario Resource Development Agreement (CORDA) is an agreement between Canada, Ontario and First Nations’ members in Ontario with the goal of assisting First Nations people of Ontario to utilize natural resources to their economic benefit. Eligible project categories include:

  • Fishing

  • Trapping 

  • Forestry 

  • Tourism 

  • Harvesting 

  • Marketing

  • Planning 

  • Other

Projects may apply for up to $35,000 per year. Applications are due to the CORDA Office by 11:59 p.m. EDT Monday, October 26, 2020.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
       

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      4 directions Complex Unit 4
      Aundeck Omni Kaning, Ontario
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