The Government of Canada has announced a call for proposals to provide funding to develop capacity within Indigenous groups to rebuild their nations.
The Government of Canada has committed to a forward-looking and trans-formative agenda to renew relationships with Indigenous peoples. Indigenous groups are seeking to rebuild their nations in a manner that responds to their priorities and the unique needs of their communities.
Beginning in 2018, the Nation Rebuilding Program will provide funding support for activities facilitating Indigenous groups’ own path to reconstituting their nations.
Program Objective and Expected Results
The objectives of this program are to renew the nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership, to improve the well-being and economic prosperity of Indigenous peoples and to develop healthier, more sustainable communities.
The provision of this new capacity funding will promote:
- a re-establishment of Indigenous nations.
- an increase in the ability of reconstituted nations to take on greater sectoral responsibilities.
- an increase in the sense of unity within Indigenous nations.
- identification and agreement among member communities on priorities for action and approaches to issues.
- a reduction in the duplication of the resolution of issues at the individual First Nation or Indigenous community level.
the total amount of funding available for this program over 5 years is $100 million.
Eligible Initiatives and Activities
As this is a new program, there is no definitive set list of eligible initiatives. Initiatives that foster nationhood and support the rebuilding of nations and develop the capacity of self-identified nations will be considered for funding. As the program evolves, a list of eligible initiatives will be created based on accepted initiatives put forward in proposals for funding.
Eligible activities under accepted initiatives include but are not limited to:
- community engagement and consultation.
- capacity development training and workshops.
- advisory committees.
- gatherings aimed at developing culturally appropriate governance structures and institutions.
- determination of nation-level priorities.
- discussion of issues and opportunities to reconstitute as a nation.
- constitution development.
- institutional or leadership capacity building development in support of rebuilding efforts and taking on the exercise of rights, including self-government.
- research and information gathering (Elder interview, archival research).
- other initiatives that foster nationhood.
- reconstituted Indigenous nations entities (as self-defined by Indigenous groups, could be linked by cultural or linguistic background, geographical area or historical treaty lines).
- nation member communities or member organizations, on behalf of national entities.
- section 35 rights-bearing Métis groups.
- national and regional Indigenous organizations.
- self-governing Indigenous governments.
Preference will be given to reconstituted Indigenous nations representing multiple Indigenous communities.
How to Apply
Proposals must be submitted by email at the address given on the website.
For more information, please visit https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1530880050808/1530880135933