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Aboriginal Tourism Champions Program

The Aboriginal Tourism Champions Program is a specialized program where selected individuals act as a resource in smaller communities in the Northwest Territories (NWT) to develop, expand and improve authentic Aboriginal tourism products and initiatives.

This program provides individuals with the opportunity, guidance and financial support to help develop tourism in Aboriginal communities or to assist tourism operators to incorporate elements of Aboriginal culture into existing tourism operations.

Please review the guidelines below for more detail.

Who is eligible?

Eligibility under this program is restricted to NWT residents of Aboriginal ancestry (First Nations, Inuit, or Métis) who were born in and reside in a NWT community.

Selected Champions are expected to:

  • Help communities include and develop Aboriginal tourism initiatives
  • Work to increase the number of Aboriginal cultural tourism products and facilities
  • Expand the number of authentic Aboriginal tourism products to give visitors a true cultural experience
  • Increase the number of skilled workers in the Aboriginal tourism industry through training, workshops and other initiatives
  • Foster development of new Aboriginal tourism businesses, help existing businesses grow and improve the profitability of Aboriginal tourism operations
  • Consult and maintain effective relationships with government agencies, local governments, the tourism industry, and other individuals and organizations associated with Aboriginal tourism and Aboriginal tourism activities.

Funding

ITI provides each Champion with a financial contribution to perform their duties. The contribution is based on a work plan that is agreed to by both the Champion and ITI.

The maximum contribution per year, per Champion, is $5,000 and may include the following eligible costs:

  • Travel to selected communities where the Champion is delivering programs
  • Meeting logistics such as facility rentals, catering or door prizes
  • Communication and promotional materials

Please note that travel costs to deliver specific training and workshops may be covered separately by ITI. Contact your regional Tourism Development Officer for further information.

Costs or Fees

There are no costs or fees associated with this program, however, please review the list of ineligible expenses in the guidelines below.

Required Documents

When applying to be an Aboriginal Tourism Champion, you will need to include a:

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Workplan that outlines your proposed activities and how the funding will be used for eligible expenses for those activities.

How to Apply

This program is not currently accepting applications. The next intake of applicants is May 2018. Information and details will be advertised at that time.

Contact

North Slave Regional Office

Tel: (867) 767-9212 

Email: Tourism_NorthSlave@gov.nt.ca

South Slave Regional Office

Tel: (867) 872-8046 

Email: Tourism_SouthSlave@gov.nt.ca

Dehcho Regional Office

Tel: (867) 695-7500 

Email: Tourism_Dehcho@gov.nt.ca

Sahtu Regional Office

Tel: (867) 587-7171 

Email: Tourism_Sahtu@gov.nt.ca

Beaufort Delta Regional Office

Tel: (867) 777-7196 

Email: Tourism_BeaufortDelta@gov.nt.ca