ITAC is proud to support the development of the Indigenous tourism industry in Canada through programs targeted to Indigenous-owned or controlled tourism businesses at all stages of development, as well as to existing and new regional Indigenous tourism associations. Browse our current programs below or contact ITAC for more information at Info@IndigenousTourism.ca.
ITAC & Parks Canada Partnership
On February 1st, 2018, the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) entered into a four-year contribution agreement with Parks Canada with the goal of enhancing and growing authentic Indigenous experiences in regions across the country. The contribution agreement builds on a Memorandum of Understanding signed with Parks Canada in 2016.
The 2017 International Aboriginal Tourism Conference (IATC) was held at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, on the TsuuT’ina Nation in Calgary, Alberta from November 7th to 8th, 2017. More than 500 delegates from across Canada and the USA met in Calgary to focus on the continued growth of Indigenous tourism nationally and globally, during the sold out sixth annual IATC.
The Indigenous Cultural Experiences – National Guidelines were created through national consultation with ITAC partners, industry, and support from the Federal Government through Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). The goal for ITAC was to create a user-friendly self assessment and reference tool that would be valuable for both the Indigenous tourism industry and the Indigenous economic development community across Canada in the creation and expansion of Indigenous cultural tourism experiences.
ITAC Tourism Development Funding Support Program
ITAC’s Product Development Fund is a program which responds directly to the demonstrated need of the support which is needed to guide and prepare Indigenous tourism businesses to reach a market-ready state and develop sustainable growth for economic success. Market/export readiness provides a tourism business the opportunity to gain greater marketplace awareness, larger volumes of visitors and sustainable business growth.
- 2017 Manitoba Indigenous Tourism Regional Forums
- 2017 Provincial and Territorial Indigenous Tourism Association Funding Program
- 2017 Alberta Indigenous Tourism Planning Day
- 2017 Alberta Indigenous Tourism Regional Forums
- 2016 International Aboriginal Tourism Conference
- 2016 Tourism Development Funding Support Program
- Indigenous Cruise Ship Opportunities