Numerous local, provincial, and national organizations continue to host webinars and virtual events to provide learning and networking opportunities and to facilitate discussions on a variety of topics. Here are some of the upcoming webinars and events you can attend.

National Indigenous History Month Workshops

Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) and Destination BC (DBC) have partnered to present a series of workshops where attendees can learn more about Indigenous culture in BC.

A Tasting of Indigenous Cultures | Tuesday, June 15, 2-3 p.m. PDT

  • Hosted by Paul Natrall, owner of Vancouver’s successful Indigenous food truck, Mr. Bannock, and Ryan Widdup, manager and sommelier of the Okanagan’s picturesque Indigenous World Winery.

Celebrating Living Indigenous Arts & Culture | Thursday, June 17, 2-3 p.m. PDT

Honouring Wellness | Tuesday, June 22, 2-3 p.m. PDT

  • Be guided through a spiritual smudging ceremony by Frank Antoine, co-founder of Moccasin Trails (Okanagan), and gain ancestral knowledge from Dennis Thomas of Takaya Tours (Vancouver).

The sessions, sponsored by Daily Hive, are free to attend. Visit the ITBC website (or click the links above) to learn more.

Elements of Truth Before Reconciliation

FIRE: Awareness of Power and Privilege is the third part of a four-part experiential workshop series, Elements of Truth: Before Reconciliation, hosted by kinSHIFT and Purppl. The session “allows for reflection on social positioning and ignites our potential to make the necessary change towards reconciliation.”  

The workshop will take place on Tuesday, June 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. PDT, with ticket prices ranging from $112.46 to $223.85. The final workshop of the series, WATER: Shared Responsibilities, will take place on June 22.

Business Smarts Webinar: Scotiabank Women Initiative™

The Sisterhood of Business Women workshop will be presented by Scotiabank and the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, June 15, from 12-1 p.m. PDT, providing information on financial planning for women. Find out more about this interactive session and register on the Chamber website.

Navigating Support for LGBTQ2+ led Businesses

Join Innovation Canada on Wednesday, June 16 from 10-11:30 a.m. PDT as a panel of industry experts shares tips on navigating government support for LGBTQ2+ businesses and discusses the “value of diversity and inclusion in a robust economy.” The session includes a Q&A period with the panelists. Find out more and register on Eventbrite.

2021 Global Economic Outlook: Road to Recovery

Join Export Development Canada’s (EDC) Vice-President and Chief Economist, Peter Hall, on Wednesday, June 16, from 10-11 a.m. PDT to find out more about what the road to recovery looks like here in Canada and across the globe. Learn more and register on the EDC website.  

Funding and Support: Grant Applications 101 – Learn How to Win Grants

Pocketed and Accelerate Okanagan are presented a free webinar on Wednesday, June 16, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. PDT to provide businesses with the necessary skills to put together winning grant applications. Click here for more info and to register.

The Commercial Shift: The Recovery

At 9 a.m. PDT on June 18, Leger will be hosting a free webinar to look at the ways in which consumer habits and behaviours in Canada have changed since the pandemic started. The session will also include a Q&A period. Registration can be completed online.

Indigenous Peoples Day: A Celebration of Small Businesses

Small Business BC (SBBC) is presenting this free seminar, hosted by Erika Doehring, Gwich’in granddaughter, to celebrate Indigenous entrepreneurs and small businesses in advance of Indigenous Peoples Day. The session, which will also focus on “how Indigenous business reflect Indigenous worldviews, cultural values, and ways of life,” will take place on Friday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit the SBBC website to learn more and to register.

Click here for more information on all the sessions being offered by SBBC as part of their Free Education Month. Topics for the third week of June include creating video content using your phone, how to adapt to a cashless society, getting started with email marketing, and more.

Have an upcoming event or webinar that would be of interest to those in the tourism industry? Email us so we can include the information in our next roundup.