Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program
Contribution program to support Indigenous communities in re-establishing and revitalizing cultural spaces.
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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 their cultures, languages and strengthen their 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 and revitalize 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 their self-determination, which will help address the root causes of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals
- address the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Call to Justice 2.3, which called 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 their identities
Eligible applicants are 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 their communities. Establishing new cultural spaces includes any costs related to acquiring permits, construction plans, feasibility studies and acquisition of raw materials and personnel. The revitalization of existing cultural spaces includes renovations or retrofits of existing cultural spaces to enhance its quality and accessibility.
Applicants must demonstrate how the proposed project creates or promotes opportunities for girls, women or 2SLGBTQQIA+ people to access their culture and language.
Possible projects include, but are not limited to:
- long houses
- women's lodges
- powwow grounds
- heritage parks
- cultural centers
- healing spaces
- facilities to support cultural ceremonies, teachings and contact with Elders
Who can apply
- First Nations, Métis and Inuit 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
How and when to apply
Details on the application process will be available in fall 2021. The application package will include an application form and guidelines.
For more information please contact Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs.