Mount Saint Vincent University is establishing a new Indigenous cohort tourism education program called the Kinu Tourism Program. The program was developed in collaboration with Indigenous community leaders and aims to remove barriers to education and support future opportunities for Indigenous tourism entrepreneurs. The program is reportedly the first of its kind in Canada. “As the original inhabitants of these lands, our Mi’kmaw ancestors were the first to welcome travelers and settlers to what is now Nova Scotia and Canada,” said Robert Bernard, Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Indigenous Tourism Enterprise Network. “Today, through key investments by governments and strong partnerships with industry and educational institutions like MSVU, we are working to build Mi’kmaw tourism opportunities that will welcome the world to Mi’kma’ki while working with the mainstream tourism industry to find ways to address reconciliation with our Mi’kmaw people.” The Kinu Tourism Program is funded with over $1.9M from the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiative Program.