Like our members, Indigenous Tourism Ontario has had a busy summer season as the industry rebounds from the pandemic. As the fall continues, we are excited to showcase our members and ITO at the following upcoming industry events.

October 20th: Regional Tourism Organization 9 Cultural Awareness Workshop

Learning how to put Reconciliation into practice requires an awareness of the past, acknowledgment of the harm that has been inflicted, atonement for the causes, and action to change behavior. This engaging workshop explores ways to create meaningful action to address Reconciliation within your business.

This event is hosted by RTO 9 at the Holiday Inn Kingston-Waterfront from 9:30 AM – 4:00 AM, join ITO’s Colleen Nolan HR Development, Training and Development Specialist alongside Melissa Hammel of Nakaganis Consulting.

Register here.

October 25th – 26th: Ontario Tourism Summit

ITO will be attending the 2022 Ontario Tourism Summit this October at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville. Hosted by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) the conference will welcome tourism professionals from around the province to gather, share, and collaborate as we focus on Reinvigorating Our Industry. The theme of the summit is localization, innovation and confidence. ITO is ecstatic to attend the Ontario Tourism Summit this year and provide an Indigenous lens on this year’s themes.

ITO is bringing 5 lucky members to the summit who won our OTS contest this year. Winners will receive 2 nights accommodations, complimentary registration, and a contribution up to $1000 to cover travel expenses to attend the summit.

ITO is privileged to work with our industry partners to make industry events more accessible to Indigenous tourism operators. Keep an eye out for future contests on our social media @indigenoustourismontario.

October 29th and 30th: Toronto Maple Leaf Alumni Games in Wikwemikong First Nation and Taykwa Tagamou Nation

ITO is excited to support the upcoming Toronto Maple Leaf Alumni Puck Drops in Wikwemikong First Nation and Taykwa Tagamou Nation. Toronto Maple Leaf legends Rick Vaive, Ric Nattress, and Shane Corson, among many other heavy hitters, will hit the ice this October in two star-studded alumni games supported by Indigenous Tourism Ontario hosted by Wikwemikong Tourism and Taykwa Tagamou Nation.

First, join ITO and the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Association as they face off in a historic alumni game in Wikwemikong First Nation at the Thunderdome Arena. This monumental game is on October 29th, 2022, at 7pm, hosted by Wikwemikong Tourism, a local nature based cultural tourism organization who showcases an array of authentic Indigenous experiences on Manitoulin Island. With the Toronto Maple Leaf Alumni facing off against local players, this game will be a historic match building relationships through sport while embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Second, the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Association will be on the road to Taykwa Tagamou Nation as they host the second alumni game at the Tim Horton Events Centre in Cochrane on October 30th, at 5 pm. Taykwa Tagamou Nation is Mushkegowuk Cree community whose Traditional Territory and Treaty Lands are in the southern portion of the James Bay watershed in northeastern Ontario, within the area of Treaty 9.

ITO is honored to support such a momentous game in tandem with Wikwemikong Tourism and Taykwa Tagamou Nation, symbolizing the future of Indigenous sport tourism in Ontario with the puck drop.

For tickets to the Wikwemikong game please visit here.

For tickets to the Taykwa Tagamou Nation please visit here.

November 4th – November 13th: Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Indigenous Celebration Day and ITO Booth

ITO is ecstatic to be returning to the 100th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair this November. The Royal has grown to be the largest indoor agricultural and equestrian event in the world. The Royal Horse Show is one of the world’s finest equestrian spectacles and attracts athletes from across the planet.

ITO will be participating in a variety of ways:

  • On Sunday, November 6th Indigenous Tourism Ontario is presenting the ORIGINS Day. This day of celebration will showcase the Indigenous cultures and peoples of this province through performances, educational sessions, and Indigenous culinary experiences. Sign up for general admission tickets here.
  • Throughout the fair, ITO is a supporting partner for the Burnbrae Farms Culinary Academy. The Burnbrae Farms Culinary Academy includes daily cooking classes throughout the fair. ITO has invited several leaders in the Indigenous culinary industry to lead culinary classes for attendees. By attending, you’ll learn tricks of the trade from the best in the biz, use top-shelf local ingredients and enjoy a delicious meal. Sign up here.

To keep in touch with ITO, and learn about where to find us at events, follow our social media @IndigenousTourismOntario and signup for our newsletter here.

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Written by: ITO Team