Indigenous tourism businesses that didn’t receive recovery funding from the Province earlier this year now have the opportunity.

B.C. announced Tuesday that the B.C. Indigenous Tourism Recovery Fund will receive an additional $3 million for a second intake.

The first round of provincial funding saw 37 northern businesses access a total of $1.3 million of the $5 million available.

“Back by popular demand, we are responding once again to the Call to Action from the Indigenous tourism sector,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport.

“These grants are reconciliation in action and support self-determination for Indigenous tourism businesses to showcase their territories, culture and people. Together with Indigenous Tourism BC, we are working to rebuild Indigenous-led tourism and return it to the thriving levels of growth we saw before the pandemic, resulting in a stronger future for everyone.”

The fund was launched in February 2021 to support operating costs for a variety of Indigenous tourism businesses, including lodges and resorts, restaurants, outdoor adventure experiences, galleries and gift shops owned by Indigenous people.

Indigenous Tourism B.C. is set to announce the opening date for the second intake in the coming weeks.