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Skode is a dragon's den-style tourism innovation contest hosted by ITO in partnership with the Tourism Innovation Lab. Indigenous tourism entrepreneurs, businesses, community groups and non-profits are encouraged to bring forward new tourism ideas and experiences that authentically represent, celebrate and promote Indigenous culture, heritage, language, cuisine and communities in Ontario. The program encourages Indigenous entrepreneurs to pitch their new tourism idea in a contest where finalists receive a non-repayable financial contribution and mentorship to advance their new tourism idea.

Past Winners

2021 Minogiizhgad, Nwewnan Sasaang Boat Tours
2021 Steve Simpson Jr, Simpers Fishing Charters & Guided Hunts
2021 Amanda Cora & Brad Robinson, Thrive Tours
2022 Norm Dokis, Camp Petawachuan
2022 Kevin Lamarr, Mandi Montour & Sarah Yankoo of INDIGiMaps Mentor
2022 Caley Patrick Doran Take-A-Hike Trail Guide
2023 Emma McLaren, The Bridle Path Equestrian Centre (Ojibway Spirit Horses Programs)
2023 Mandaago Osawamick, ZAAMIKenhs (Indigenous Youth Owned & Operated Short Video Production Service)
2023 Mario Gionet, Walk Among The Trees (Hiking Tours Sharing Indigenous Knowledge & Culture)
2023 Natasha Darling, Two Sisters SUP (Indigenous-led Haudenosaunee Culture & History Tours)
2023 Sarah Sproule, Wayeshkad (Trapline Tours & Accommodations)
2023 Tyler French, CELEBRATION: Event Facility & Museum (Venue Showcasing Indigenous Culture & Artifacts)"

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