Published on : Thursday, April 29, 2021
A new provincial program aims assisting indigenous tourism entrepreneurs to make their ideas take wing rapidly.
Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO) and the Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab are collaborating to launch the Indigenous Tourism Skode Program.
Three applicants will be selected to take part and they will receive a three-month mentorship with a tourism innovator, experienced operator, industry leader, and/or sector expert, along with a $5,000 non-repayable contribution for their tourism idea to take flight.
The program is open to indigenous tourism entrepreneurs, businesses, community groups and non-profit organizations with ideas and experiences that genuinely represent celebrate and promote indigenous culture, heritage, language, cuisine and communities in Ontario.
Participants need to be a member of Indigenous Tourism Ontario, and the venture must be at least 51 per cent indigenous-owned, operated and controlled. The program launched on April 27, and applicants have until May 28 for submissions.
After the end of submission period, a jury of indigenous tourism leaders, entrepreneurs and partner representatives will evaluate the applications. Finalists will present their ideas during a pitch session on June 17, and three ideas will be selected.
Indigenous Tourism Ontario is an industry organization dedicated toward growing indigenous tourism in Ontario.