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Webinar for Indigenous Businesses: How to access financing and support for your business

COAST SALISH TERRITORY (Vancouver, BC) – If you’re an Indigenous company whose business has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Export Development Canada’s (EDC’s) free webinar will provide guidance on how you can access the financial resources and safeguards available to your business.

Thursday, June 25, 2020, from 1:30 to 2:30 PM ET (10:30 to 11:30 AM PT).

The RISE of Indigenous Tourism – providing tools which drive excellence in visitor experiences

COAST SALISH TERRITORY (Vancouver, BC) – As the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), in partnership with Tourism HR Canada, develops tools and programs for a nation-wide Indigenous tourism recognition program entitled RISE, a new complementary tool kit focused on recovery and resilience is now available to members.

Tourism HR Canada (THRC) will launch the Tourism Workforce Recovery Toolkit via a webinar event taking place Wednesday, June 24th (1:00 – 2:00 PM ET): Recovery to Resiliency: How tourism operators can learn, grow and thrive post-pandemic.

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada announces Destination Indigenous: campaign to promote Indigenous experiences for summer travel

COAST SALISH TERRITORY (Vancouver, BC) – The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) announcing the launch of their new Destination Indigenous marketing campaign in an effort to encourage, highlight and educate travellers about the many Indigenous experiences that will welcome Canadians this summer.

The marketing campaign includes an experience-booking platform, a video campaign and Zoom backgrounds to entice visitors.

Conference Board of Canada research confirms drastic losses in direct employment and GDP for Indigenous tourism due to COVID-19

COAST SALISH TERRITORY (Vancouver, BC) – Conference Board of Canada research conducted in partnership with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), shows that, compared to 2019, Canada’s Indigenous tourism sector will experience a 65.9 percent decline in direct GDP (down to $555 million) and a 59.4 percent decline in employment (down to 14,624 jobs) in 2020, due to COVID-19 and the global tourism industry grinding to a halt. These findings reflect the perspectives and business realities of Indigenous tourism operators who participated in a recent wide-scale survey of the sector.

ITAC presented during an important forum: Indigenous Tourism “Planning for the Future – Outlets of Opportunity”

COAST SALISH TERRITORY (Vancouver, BC) – Supporting the growth of the Indigenous economy and tourism across Manitoba, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada’s (ITAC) Keith Henry joined a panel of experts virtually, to discuss how Indigenous tourism offers economic opportunities for Indigenous people living in urban environments.