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

Nvoa Scotia is in the middle of developing a brand new Provincial tourism strategy and the Mi’kmaw people want to be an integral part of this new approach.  Through the work that NSITEN has done in the past number of years to develop strong connections and partnerships with business owners, community leaders and organizations to help build Mi’kmaw tourism, they are ideally positioned to be an integral part of these conversations through regional engagement sessions.  These are now being planned for the Western Region (hosted in Digby), Central Region (hosted in Millbrook) and Unama’ki Region (hosted in Membertou).

Project #3

Hosting a Provincial Summit on Indigenous Tourism (March 2024)

Hosting of a Provincial Summit on Indigenous Tourism – scheduled for March 2024 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 Sustainable Funding for Mi’kmaw Tourism Initiatives 

Once again we are working hard to negotiate sustainable funding opportunities for our organization, our business owners (members of NSITEN) as well as the greater work required to help build the Mi’kmaw tourism elements.  We are working on research projects that will focus on the grassroots approach and working with community members directly to hear the opportunities, challenges and future of how we will be planning our strategies going forward.  Through this new approach we will begin to build grassroots based initiatives and committees aimed at understanding the challenges that exist on a daily basis and then communicating this to our organization.  This is how capacity is not only being built but addressed.