Supporting Cultural Businesses



The NSITEN supports cultural businesses and communities through the development of specific project based training and development initiatives aimed at growing the capacity of individuals, businesses and community lead tourism initiatives.

Project #1

Creating an Updated Indigenous Tourism Business Database

Developing an updated business database of existing business owners involved in cultural tourism in the Nova Scotia Region.

We want to know who is currently in the cultural tourism industry, who is still in business, who has experienced difficulties resulting from the Covid-19 Pandemic and who wants to start a business.  We also want to continue populating and updating our Indigenous Artists & Crafters Co-op database.

We want to do this so that we can all come together to work on some useful business and capacity building initiatives that will help strengthen your business offerings!

Please feel free to register and share the great news!!

Project #2

Hosting Regional Indigenous Tourism Sessions

Due to the recent gathering restrictions faced as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic, we will organize these regional sessions in the 2022-23 fiscal year via the Zoom platform.  These online sessions will focus on educating more people on topics related to the organization and opportunities to get involved in the cultural and mainstream tourism in Nova Scotia.  Since  pandemic restrictions for gathering limits may change in the Spring of 2022, we may have them in person, but we won’t know for sure until April-May 2022.

Project #3

Hosting a Provincial Summit on Indigenous Tourism (Fall 2022)

Hosting of a Provincial Summit on Indigenous Tourism – scheduled for Fall 2022 this event will bring together all key components of the tourism industry partners, businesses, individuals interested in starting a business and more! We will finalize this date very soon! At this Summit we will be targeting key pieces of information that will strengthen Indigenous business owners, individuals that want to get into business as well as community leaders that want to know more about the tourism industry. Stay tuned for more info!

Project #4

Building on an Atlantic Indigenous Tourism Strategy

Developing opportunities to work together as Indigenous tourism associations here in the Atlantic Region is very important as identified in the recent 2020 Atlantic Indigenous Tourism Study as commissioned by Indigenous Services Canada and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), in partnership with JEDI (NB).

These important and very necessary discussions will work towards developing common strategies that will support the ongoing and sustainable growth of Indigenous tourism in the Atlantic Region.

We will work with industry and government to solidify a long term strategy and investment plan to help provide an authentic offering to the mainstream tourism industry, one that has been a long time in the making!

In March of 2022, NSITEN will also be hosting the Atlantic Indigenous Tourism Summit online via the Zoom Platform from March 29-30, 2022.  Please press EVENTS to register!