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Indigenous Expertise’s Mādahòkì Farm in Ottawa sharing new federal money for woman-owned tourism companies


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Indigenous Expertise’s Mādahòkì Farm received $750,000 for enhancements in an announcement of federal tourism aid funding for women-led companies and initiatives within the sector Thursday.

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The farm hosted the occasion and was amongst 14 recipients sharing greater than $2.7 million introduced by Minister Filomena Tassi from the Federal Financial Improvement Company for Southern Ontario.

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“When COVID hit, our social enterprise Indigenous Experiences was prone to shedding all the things as we relied closely on worldwide tourism,” Trina Mather-Simard, founder and government and creative director, mentioned in a media launch from the company.

Tourism Restoration Fund cash has helped redevelop the 164-acre farm on West Hunt Membership Highway in Ottawa’s Greenbelt into Mādahòkì Farm, she mentioned. The venue, launched in October 2021, is now welcoming scholar teams, drawing native residents and home and worldwide vacationers, and dealing with greater than 50 small Indigenous-led companies.

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The cash goes to a four-season venue for agriculture and farm-to-table culinary tourism occasions, extra accessible services, a year-round Indigenous Market and a everlasting dwelling for the farm’s Ojibwe Spirit Horses.

Mādahòkì Farm hosts Indigenous occasions celebrating every season, together with the annual Summer season Solstice Indigenous Pageant. Indigenous Experiences has been organizing Indigenous tradition, historical past, meals and humanities packages for greater than 25 years and has been designated a “Vacation spot Canada Signature Expertise” for vacationers.

Thursday’s occasion was a lead as much as Girls’s Entrepreneurship Day Nov. 19.

Different organizations benefitting embrace KPP Live shows, for music occasions at venues all through downtown Kingston, and Saffron Hub, which goals to launch the Canadian Immigrant Girls Culinary Expo in Belleville.

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