Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program
Contribution program to support Indigenous communities in re-establishing and revitalizing cultural spaces.
The Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program call for proposals closed on December 1, 2021. Applications are no longer being accepted.
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About the program
The Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program is a new contribution program that supports Indigenous communities in re-establishing and revitalizing cultural spaces. The program offers opportunities for Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals to access culture and language, and strengthen identities.
Budget 2021 announced $108.8 million over 2 years, starting in 2021 to 2022, to re-establish and revitalize Indigenous cultural spaces. This investment is part of the Federal Pathway, the Government of Canada's contribution to the National Action Plan.
By investing in spaces for cultural activities that prioritize the voices of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals, the program aims to:
- promote Indigenous cultures and identities which can contribute to fostering safe and secure communities for Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people
- support Indigenous communities in advancing self-determination, from the perspective of addressing the root causes of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals
- respond to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Call to Justice 2.3, which calls upon all governments to prioritize safe and meaningful access to culture and languages for Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people in order to restore, reclaim and revitalize identities
Applicants were encouraged to submit proposals for the construction or revitalization of spaces that support cultural activities within their communities. These spaces aim to support self-determination, increase safety and promote Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being.
Eligible projects and initiatives include the construction or revitalization of spaces that support cultural activities within Indigenous communities. Revitalizing existing cultural spaces includes renovations or retrofits to enhance quality and accessibility.
Applicants were required to demonstrate how the proposed project creates or promotes opportunities for girls, women or 2SLGBTQQIA+ people to access culture and language.
Possible projects include, but are not limited to:
- long houses
- women's lodges
- powwow grounds
- heritage parks
- cultural centers
- facilities to support cultural ceremonies, teachings and contact with Elders
The main eligible costs include:
- acquiring permits
- construction plans
- feasibility studies
- project personnel such as construction workers, electricians, plumbers
- acquisition of construction materials
For a full list of eligible and ineligible expenses, consult the Type and nature of eligible expenditures section of the terms and conditions.
Who can apply
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis section 35 rights-bearing groups
- Indigenous groups with a signed self-government agreement or modern treaty
- any corporation, foundation, association or other type of organization identified by an eligible recipient, to act as their agent or representative
The deadline to apply was December 1, 2021.
Applications are now being reviewed. More than 340 applications were received from across Canada. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by the end of spring 2022.
We are currently assessing whether early investment opportunities are available, although we anticipate that the majority of selected projects will be funded in fiscal year 2022 to 2023.
How to apply
- Complete the Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program Project Funding Application (PAW# 9739545)
- Email your completed application form and required supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to your completed application form, you may need to submit:
- a project plan that describes each activity with their start date, end date and anticipated cost
- a 5-year operations and maintenance plan and costing
- any other supporting documents you wish to include
Agents or representatives will need to include proof of representation of a section 35 rights-bearing First Nation, Inuit or Métis group, or of an Indigenous group with a self-government agreement or Modern Treaty. If a nominee or representative has been appointed, include a letter of appointment.
For more information please contact Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs.