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:
- Indigenous nations entities (as self-defined and representing nation-based collectives - could be linked by cultural or linguistic background, geographical area or historical treaty lines)
- nation member communities or member organizations on behalf of nation entities
- Section 35 rights-bearing Métis entities
- national and regional Indigenous organizations
- self-governing Indigenous governments
The deadline for the 2022 to 2023 call for proposals was December 17, 2021. Funding proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.
To be eligible for funding, proposals must clearly demonstrate:
- that they are including more than one Indigenous group of the same nation (cultural or language background or historical treaty lines) facilitating a phased-approach to take on greater sectoral responsibilities to self-determination and self-governance
- that the activities contribute to nation rebuilding by increasing capacity for action at the larger nation level and by fostering a greater sense of attachment identity
Initiatives are considered ineligible if they include activities that can be mainly supported by any other government funding programs, such as:
- the First Nation Infrastructure Fund, for construction and renovation projects
- Basic organizational capacity funding, for core operations of national, provincial, territorial and regional representative Indigenous organizations and national Indigenous women's organizations
- Contributions to supply public services in Indian Government Support and to build strong governance, administrative and accountability systems
- Contributions to Support the Negotiation and Implementation of Treaties, Claims and Self-Government Agreements or Initiatives
- professional and institutional development or education programs
- the Indigenous Languages Component, for the preservation and revitalization of Indigenous languages through community-based projects and activities
- Comprehensive Community Planning for communities in British Columbia to plan their development in a way that meets their own needs and aspirations
- Archaeological conservation field services
- Parks Canada Archaeology, which enables Canadians to have memorable experiences in a way that ensures the protection of natural, archaeological and cultural heritages
Eligible activities and expenditures
Eligible activities are those supporting the program objective and may 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
- the determination of nation level priorities
- the discussion of issues and opportunities to rebuild 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, such as Elder interviews or archival research
- other initiatives that foster nationhood
Some examples of activities that are not normally eligible include:
- capacity-building efforts focused on the individual community or organization level
- gatherings not clearly connected to the purpose of building towards self-determination and nation rebuilding
- activities which may more appropriately be funded under other government programs, such as public health initiatives and infrastructure
- ongoing costs to support the overall operations of an established organization (e.g. the operating costs to support an established Secretariat, Treaty Office, etc.)
- activities which may duplicate or overlap other existing initiatives
Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to:
- salaries and wages
- hardware and software needed for capacity development
- administrative costs
- supplies and materials
- information and training services
- travel costs
- professional services, such as speakers, legal advice, and coordinators
- event, meeting or workshop costs, such as rentals, related supplies, and logistics
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.
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:
- a completed Nation Rebuilding Program Application Form which can be found on the Proposals, Applications, Work Plans (PAW) page under PAW #76966798
- details on consultant and professional services
- proof that the applicant is mandated to undertake the initiatives on behalf of each individual member community or organization (for example, band council resolutions, support letters)
- Important: Band Council Resolutions (BCR), or acceptable alternative authorizations, are required from each community/organization participating in the initiative. These documents must clearly indicate support for the proposed activities and consent to the applicant organization's receiving and managing funds for that purpose, and must be authorized by the appropriate authority for the community or group in question. Please contact the department as early as possible to inquire regarding acceptable alternatives should you be unable to provide resolutions.
- disclosure of the involvement of any former public servants as per the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service
- proof that the applicant is incorporated and in good standing
- a description of how the applicant will report to member communities on the use of the funds received, the activities undertaken and the results achieved
- disclosure of any and all prospective sources of funding for the initiative, inclusive of all federal, provincial or other government sources that are expected to be received
Please send your application by email to: email@example.com
To the attention of:
Director, Negotiation Support Directorate
Treaties and Aboriginal Government
The subject line of the email must include:
Subject: Name of the applicant — Nation rebuilding submission 2021 to 2022