Canadian Indigenous tourism businesses encourage to apply now.

September 5, 2018, Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver, BC – Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) invites Canadian Indigenous tourism businesses to apply for funding of up to $10,000 each to support tourism product development, designed to improve market-ready and export-ready status.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 28, 2018 by 4:30 p.m. PST. Investing in market/export readiness provides a tourism business the opportunity to gain greater marketplace awareness, larger volumes of visitors and sustainable business growth.

Applying for the funding takes only moments via an on-line application process and business owners can learn more about market/export ready standards by reviewing the “National Guidelines for Indigenous Tourism“.

This funding opportunity is supported by Indigenous Northern Affairs Canada and this program is designed to support ITAC’s overall five-year goal of 50 new market/export ready businesses by 2021.

Eligibility for this program is restricted to Canadian Indigenous tourism businesses at least 51% owned by Indigenous individuals OR majority owned Indigenous companies OR Indigenous-controlled organizations such as Bands and Tribal Councils.

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About the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada
The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) works to improve the socio-economic condition of Aboriginal people through the provisions of economic development advisory services, tourism conferences, capacity development training and workshops, industry research and information for Aboriginal tourism operators and communities within the 13 regions; 10 provinces and three territories of Canada. ITAC develops relationships with other groups and regions with similar mandates, uniting the Aboriginal tourism industry in Canada and works to enable collective support, product development, promotion and marketing of authentic Aboriginal cultural tourism businesses in a respectful protocol. The ITAC Board is made up of Aboriginal tourism industry representatives from each of the provinces and territories. For more information, visit


Media contacts:

Jenna Hickman,, 250-592-3838 or 250-215-8425 cell
Keith Henry, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada: 604-639-4408 or

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