INDIGENOUS TOURISM SKODE PROGRAM
Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO) and the Tourism Innovation Lab partnered to co-develop and deliver the the Indigenous Tourism Skode Program in Ontario.
The Skode (special edition “Spark”) Program matches selected applicants with a mentor and provides a $5,000 non-repayable financial contribution to advance their new Indigenous tourism ideas to the next level of development.
Indigenous tourism entrepreneurs, businesses, community groups and non-profits were encouraged to bring forward new tourism ideas and experiences that authentically represent, celebrate and promote Indigenous culture, heritage, language, cuisine and communities in Ontario.
In Anishinaabemowin, Skode means fire! We invite you to apply and share the fire within your heart. Skode is pronounced: Shkoh-deh.
2022 Skode Program Winners
Norm Dokis, Camp Petawachuan
TOURISM IDEA: Guided Mountain Bike, Canoe, Hiking Tours with Indigenous Cultural and Culinary Experiences
Mentor: Jacqui Jamieson, Manager of Tourism and Community Development, Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation
Kevin Lamarr, Mandi Montour & Sarah Yankoo
TOURISM IDEA: INDIGiMaps
Mentor: Ali Al-Aasm, Co-Founder, Red Piston
Caley Patrick Doran
TOURISM IDEA: Take-A-Hike Trail Guide
Mentor: Keetah McBeath, Associate Vice President, Indigenous Banking, TD Bank Group
Each will receive $5000, mentorship, and additional ITO and partner support to advance their Indigenous tourism initiatives and businesses to the next level of development.
Virtual Pitch Session March 2022
Stay tuned to our social media channels for updates on their progress.
2021 Skode Program Winners
Watch these videos to learn more about our Round 1 Skode Program winners:
Minogiizhgad, Nwewnan Sasaang
Steve Simpson Jr, Simpers Fishing Charters & Guided Hunts
Amanda Cora & Brad Robinson, Thrive Tours
Thank you to our program supporters:
- Home Base -
Tourism Innovation Lab
c/o University of Windsor - EPICentre
2455 Wyandotte St W, Windsor, ON, Canada N9B 3B3
1-844-455-0325 toll-free / 416-712-8819
We respectfully acknowledge that our home base at the University of Windsor sits on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, which is comprised of the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi Peoples. We will honour that by collaborating with Indigenous-led organizations and businesses to support the advancement of Indigenous tourism in the region and across Canada.