Nation Rebuilding program application guidelines: 2023 to 2024

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About the program

The Government of Canada is 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 starting in fiscal year 2018 to 2019 to support activities that would facilitate their own path to reconstituting their nations. Funding is currently being sought to support the continued delivery of the program beyond March 2023. However, funding availability, authorities and levels have yet to be confirmed.

An anticipatory call for proposals for 2023 to 2024 will ensure projects can commence as early as possible. However, decisions on applications will not be made prior to a confirmation of overall program funding.


The objective of the program is to support Indigenous groups' nation rebuilding efforts to increase governance capacity and readiness to take on greater sectoral governance responsibilities at the broader nation level.

Over time, the program is expected to facilitate a transition away from the Indian Act, by supporting a phased-in approach to self-determination and ultimately, self-governance, promoting:

  • the re-establishment of Indigenous nations
  • identification and agreement among member communities on priorities for action and approaches to issues as they relate to governance
  • 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:

Single-community nations may be considered on an exceptional basis, where the work proposed is clearly in line with program objectives and nation-level capacity and action.


The deadline for the 2023 to 2024 anticipatory call for proposals is January 13, 2023. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.

Eligible initiatives

To be eligible for funding, proposals must clearly demonstrate how the proposed project or initiative will contribute to nation rebuilding by increasing governance capacity and the ability to take on greater sectoral governance responsibilities at the broader nation level.

Applicants may apply for multi-year funding for initiatives and activities spanning more than 1 fiscal year. The continuation of funding for multi-year proposals is dependent on the future availability of funding. It also depends on progress reports to achieve the outcomes of the proposed initiative and activities, as well as meeting funding terms and conditions, such as deadlines for financial and activity reporting.

Eligible activities and expenditures

Examples of eligible activities 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, reforms and laws
  • 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 collective understandings of history, customs and institutions as they relate to governance

Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to:

  • salaries and wages
  • accommodations, for example, office space rental
  • hardware and software needed for capacity development
  • administrative costs
  • supplies and materials
  • information and training services
  • travel costs including hotel accommodation
  • professional services, such as speakers, legal advice and coordinators
  • event, meeting or workshop costs, such as rentals, related supplies and logistics
  • honoraria
  • communications

Ineligible initiatives

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

Initiatives may also be considered ineligible if they do not clearly align with the objectives of the program as described above. For example, capacity-building efforts focussed on the individual community or organization level, or which seek to strengthen existing structures without clear movement towards self-determination are not eligible for funding under the Nation Rebuilding Program.

Funding under the program is time-limited and project-based and not intended to support ongoing operations of established bodies. Examples of requests that would be considered ineligible on that basis include:

Proposals may also be considered ineligible if there is overlap with or duplication of other funded nation rebuilding or negotiation support initiatives for the same communities.

Proposal requirements

Applicants should review these guidelines in their entirety before submitting a proposal. Incomplete or ineligible proposals will not be considered. A completed proposal must include:

The application form is in fillable Adobe PDF format. For best results, ensure that you have downloaded a copy of the form fully to your own computer and open it directly in your PDF editor before beginning to enter and save information. Opening the form via your web browser, or using the temporary copy created when the form is directly opened from the website, may result in unsaved information or other errors.

Submitting a proposal

Send your proposal and supporting documents by email to: no later than January 13, 2023.

The subject line of the email should follow this format:

Name of the applicant - Nation Rebuilding Program application – 2023 to 2024


Applications and supporting documentations must be submitted as email attachments. Submissions provided via links to cloud storage systems may not be acceptable due to system incompatibilities.

Proposal review process

Funding will be awarded to eligible recipients based on proposals received. Proposals will be assessed by an internal oversight committee against the program objectives.

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.

As described above, this is an anticipatory process and dependent on renewal of the funding for the program. Funding offers cannot be made until and unless funding for 2023 to 2024 is confirmed.

Contact information

If you have questions in relation to this call for proposals or the application process, contact:

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