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Over 100 Businesses Supported by the Indigenous Tourism BC Emergency Relief Fund Program

The Indigenous Tourism BC Emergency Relief Fund Program was developed to support Indigenous tourism businesses through the COVID-19 crisis. A significant number of Indigenous businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector have been severely impacted by the travel restrictions, resulting in loss of revenue and loss of jobs. From April to September 2020, Indigenous Tourism […]

by ahnationtalk on October 22, 202019 Views

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Indigenous Tourism BC: Announcing the Indigenous Community Business Fund

Indigenous Tourism BC in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada and the Aboriginal Financial Institutions in BC are delivering a $5 million dollar Tourism and Hospitality Fund through the Indigenous Community Business Fund. This fund will provide non-repayable grant contributions of up to $250,000 per community to First Nation and Inuit community-owned and Métis collectively owned […]

by ahnationtalk on October 2, 2020107 Views

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Indigenous perspective continues to be shared at B.C. Gold Rush historic park – Prince George Citizen

August 30, 2020 Education through tourism is proving to be an exciting venture for Cheryl Chapman and Mike Retasket who have returned to Barkerville once again to offer an original people’s perspective. Together since 2007, Retasket was not always involved in the tourism industry prior to meeting Chapman. He said he had participated in numerous […]

by ahnationtalk on August 31, 202042 Views

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First Nations in B.C. stay firm on stance to seal off communities from tourists – CBC

‘People before economics,’ says president of Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Jul 13, 2020 Indigenous bands along the British Columbia coast say their borders will remain closed to tourists and non-residents despite the economic impact, as they work to raise awareness about the threat COVID-19 poses to their communities. The Nuu-chah-nulth, Heiltsuk Nation and Haida Nation have all closed […]

by ahnationtalk on July 13, 202043 Views

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CFN: Indigenous Cultural Adventure Tourism Needs Long-term Solutions

July 6, 2020 As the federal government announced $1.5-billion in relief funds to help BC restart its economy, North Coast First Nations tourism operators say more help is needed to keep Indigenous businesses afloat until their communities can safely reopen. Sk’aal Ts’iid James Cowpar, owner/operator of Haida Style Expeditions, says advocacy for stimulus packages is […]

by ahnationtalk on July 7, 202052 Views

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Tofino and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Looking Forward to the Return of Visitors on the West Coast

TOFINO, B.C. –  As the Province of BC moves into Phase 3 of the Restart Plan and begins to encourage residents to take part in smart, safe and respectful travel within B.C., businesses on the West Coast of Vancouver Island are excited to host visitors seeking a special place to slow down and reconnect. Situated […]

by ahnationtalk on June 30, 202086 Views

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Around Island, tourism prompts tensions – Times Colonist

June 23, 2020 Even though the B.C. government hasn’t give the green light to non-essential travel yet — it could happen this week — people are already visiting tourist hot spots on the Island’s west coast, creating tensions between communities that want to protect their COVID-19-free status and business owners trying to survive. Port Renfrew’s […]

by ahnationtalk on June 23, 202075 Views

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Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada receives $16 Million in stimulus grant funding to support Indigenous tourism

COAST SALISH TERRITORY (Vancouver, BC) – The Federal Government of Canada announced today they will spend a further $133 million on helping Indigenous businesses suffering the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, of which $16 million is being allocated in support of Indigenous businesses in the tourism sector. Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) will […]

by ahnationtalk on June 12, 2020101 Views

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Tourism vs. virus anxiety: Nuu-Chah-Nulth council resists opening to visitors – Times Colonist

June 11, 2020 B.C. Premier John Horgan says there will be an impasse if B.C.’s plan to reopen domestic tourism province-wide is met with plans to close communities. On Tuesday, the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council, representing 14 First Nations along 300 kilometres of west Vancouver Island coast, voted unanimously to restrict non-essential entry to its lands […]

by ahnationtalk on June 11, 2020115 Views

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Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail ventures online to inspire self-isolators – Westerly News

Jun. 4, 2020 “Because of COVID-19, we could not do in-person naturalist programs.” With COVID-19 keeping tourists away from the West Coast so far this year, the Wild Pacific Trail Society is bringing Ucluelet’s outdoors to them through a series of popular videos showcasing and interpreting the trail’s many wonders. “Because of COVID-19, we could […]

by ahnationtalk on June 4, 2020104 Views

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