Nation Rebuilding Program Application Guidelines 2022 to 2023

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About the program

The Government of Canada has committed to a forward-looking and transformative agenda to renew relationships with Indigenous peoples. Indigenous groups are seeking to rebuild their nations in a way that responds to their priorities and the unique needs of their communities. Through Budget 2018, funding has been made available for 5 years starting in fiscal year 2018 to 2019 to support activities that would facilitate their own path to reconstituting their nations.


The objective of the program is to support nation rebuilding efforts that will contribute to increase capacity at the larger nation level.

The provision of this capacity funding will promote:

  • the re-establishment of Indigenous nations
  • an increase in the ability of Indigenous nations to take on greater sectoral responsibilities, thereby facilitating a phased-in approach to self-determination and ultimately self-governance
  • 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 by working as a collective at the nation-level

Who can apply?

Preference will be given to Indigenous nations representing multiple Indigenous communities.

Recipients eligible to receive funding under this program are the following:


The deadline for the 2022 to 2023 call for proposals was December 17, 2021. Funding proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.

Eligible initiatives

To be eligible for funding, proposals must clearly demonstrate:

Ineligible initiatives

Initiatives are considered ineligible if they include activities that can be mainly supported by any other government funding programs, such as:

Eligible activities and expenditures

Eligible activities are those supporting the program objective and may include but are not limited to:

Some examples of activities that are not normally eligible include:

Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to:

Proposal review process

Funding will be awarded to eligible recipients based on proposals received. Proposals will be assessed by an oversight committee against the objective of contributing to increase capacity at the larger nation level and for eligible activities that will support this objective.

Funding will be awarded based on the merits of the work plans and their alignment with the objectives of the program, not on a first come, first served basis. In the last 2 years, organizations were awarded an average amount of about $410,000 per year.

Funding for this program has been confirmed only up to fiscal year 2022 to 2023. Therefore, multi-year funding will be considered for initiatives and activities spanning more than one fiscal year on an 'in principle' basis, depending on the program's continued funding. The continuation of funding for multi-year proposals also depends on progress reports about the proposed initiative and activities' outcomes, as well as meeting funding terms and conditions, such as the deadline for financial and activity reporting.

For more information on the assessment criteria, please consult the terms and conditions of the Indigenous Nation Rebuilding Program.

Proposal requirements

Applicants should review these guidelines in their entirety before submitting an application. Incomplete or ineligible applications will not be considered. A completed application must have the following documents:

Contact information

Please send your application by email to:

To the attention of:

Director, Negotiation Support Directorate
Fiscal Branch
Treaties and Aboriginal Government

The subject line of the email must include:

Subject: Name of the applicant — Nation rebuilding submission 2021 to 2022

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