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About the Indigenous Tourism Entrepreneurship Training

Ottawa Tourism and Algonquin College were proud to collaborate on the development of the Indigenous Tourism Entrepreneurship Training initiative, piloted in 2020 and currently under legacy development. This successful pilot initiative was designed to help kickstart an Indigenous tourism business and provide some training on how to start a business and be an entrepreneur. It was also perfect for Indigenous business owners who were looking to upgrade skills, network, and get a new initiative off the ground. Welcome to the Indigenous Tourism Entrepreneurship Training!


Developed by Indigenous entrepreneurs and subject matter experts, this program is designed specifically for Indigenous learners. Participants can learn business fundamentals all while keeping within the context of Indigenous ways of knowing, including storytelling and interactions with guest speakers. Upon completion you will also receive a recognition certificate from Algonquin College and Ottawa Tourism.

The online module-based Indigenous Tourism Entrepreneurship Training is offered through Algonquin College’s Indigenous Initiatives and offers practical learning and advice to help new and existing Indigenous tourism businesses attract customers and follow-through by helping to develop quality, viable market-ready experiences.

Think this might be the right program for you? Check out this video from Cezin Nottaway, a proud Anishinabe First Nation entrepreneur, an award-winning TV host, and a graduate of Algonquin College’s Culinary Management Program, who turned her love of bush cooking into a successful catering business and career.

    Program Features:

    • 10-week intensive training through Algonquin College and has been adapted from the University of Victoria’s highly successful Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACE) Program.
    • Certificate-based educational training that provides essential business planning and development skills, mentoring services, and linkages into the broader start-up ecosystem for Indigenous entrepreneurs wanting to pursue a sustainable career in tourism or existing business owners looking to expand their current tourism experience offering.
    • Indigenized learning environment where participants can learn in the traditional ways through Indigenous ways of knowing, including storytelling and interactions with guest speakers.
    • Training is offered in English only.

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