Trina Mather-Simard is a member of Curve Lake First Nation and a vital contributor to Ottawa’s urban Indigenous community. Her business, Indigenous Experiences, highlights the diverse cultures of Canada’s First Nation communities through Indigenous events.
Applications for the Indigenous Tourism Entrepreneurship Training are now closed, however we are pleased to showcase some of our participants and the great new businesses they bring to our destination’s tourism landscape.
Meet some of our participants
Marc Forgette is a proud Anishinaabe Algonquin member of the Wahgoshig (Little Fox) band in Northern Ontario. His business, Makatew Workshops, stems from his journey to self-discovery and brings Indigenous teachings to those with a thirst for First Nations culture.
Read more to learn how one Little Fox found guidance from the past in this inspiring tale of perseverance.
Ondarez Clothing and Goods
Paula Naponse is an Indigenous entrepreneur with strong ties to the land and the community of Atikameksheng. Her business, Ondarez Clothing and Goods, is a symbol of that bond and the result of a deep passion to create something from start to finish.
Read more to learn how Paula’s turning a homegrown business into a household name in this story of love, triumph and resilience.
Featured local Indigenous tourism entrepreneurs
Special thanks to all of our guest speakers and the following local Indigenous tourism business leaders for sharing their entrepreneurial journeys as part of our training material.
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This program has been developed by Ottawa Tourism and Algonquin College. It has been made possible through funding from the Government of Canada.