This is the corporate website for the Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association (COTA) and Eeyou Istchee Tourism (EIT).
If you are travelling to Eeyou Istchee Baie-James and want to find out about the region’s many attractions, please visit
Un voyage d’agrément à Eeyou Istchee Baie-James et désirez en savoir plus sur les nombreux attraits de la région, veuillez visiter

Start and Grow Your Career in Tourism

Interested in an exciting career in tourism?

Our Cree tourism industry is growing and we want to help you can be a part of it! Whether you are exploring career options, planning your post-secondary journey, or upgrading your skillset, we are here to encourage and support Eeyouch/Eenouch youth and professionals every step of the way.

COTA Student Bursary Program

Pursue your education in tourism with support from COTA!

Tourism is a stimulating and rewarding career choice with so much opportunity for growth and adventure!

If you are pursuing tourism studies, COTA now offers student bursaries. Bursaries are available to Cree students who successfully complete their studies in one of five tourism sectors: accommodations, food and beverage services, recreation and entertainment, transportation, and travel services.

Bursaries range from $250 for graduates of a vocational program to as much as $3,500 for students who have successfully completed a doctoral degree. Up to three bursaries are available in each category of education established for this fund – please download our brochure and application for more information.

Your Future in Tourism: Annual Essay Contest

Our essay contest will be back in Summer 2024 – check back soon!

Helpful Training Programs & Career Planning Resources

Build your skills, explore your options, and learn more about tourism career pathways.

Become an Eeyou Istchee Ambassador (FREE ONLINE TRAINING!)

Become an ambassador of Eeyou Istchee with this free online training!

You will…

  • Perfect your hospitality and customer care
  • Discover what there is to do and see in the region
  • Learn how to use the region’s Official Tourist Guide and give basic tourism information.

Click here to sign up for the training!

If you have questions about this training program, please contact our office at 418-745-2220 or email

Discover Tourism (Tourism HR Canada)

Find out more about careers in tourism with this resource-rich website from Tourism HR Canada. Take the “Is Tourism Right for Me?” quiz, explore career pathways, and get inspired by tourism success stories.

Click here to visit the website!

ITAC's Tourism Digital Accelerator

The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada provides its members with a suite of digital marketing tools, resources, and courses to support the development and literacy of online marketing. The Digital Training Incubator provides a range of training options includng one-on-one consulting, self-paced platforms, and mini-courses that are tailored to specific learning needs.

For more information, visit ITAC’s website.