Contributions to Support the Establishment and Revitalization of Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities
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- Legal and policy authority
- Purpose, program objectives, and expected results
- Eligible recipients
- Type and nature of eligible expenditures
- Total Canadian government funding and stacking limits
- Method for determining amount of funding
- Maximum amount payable
- Application requirements and assessment criteria
- Official languages
- Repayable contributions
- Redistribution of contributions
- Due diligence and reporting
- Intellectual property
- Effective date of terms and conditions
A crucial component of the Federal Pathway to address violence against Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (2SLGBTQQIA+) people is to ensure these individuals have safe, no-barrier, and meaningful access to their cultures and languages. In line with this objective, the Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program (CSICP) supports Indigenous communities in re-establishing and revitalizing cultural spaces that support Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals.
Specifically, the CSICP supports the creation and renovation of cultural spaces that are inclusive of the perspectives of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals in advancing their self-determination.
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) allocates funding to re-establish and revitalize cultural spaces for Indigenous groups and governments through proposal based project funding.
2. Legal and policy authority
- Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Act, S.C. 2019, c. 29, s. 337
3. Purpose, program objectives, and expected results
The purpose of CSICP is to establish and revitalize safe, accessible spaces for cultural activities that are inclusive of the perspectives of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals. This transformative program supports Indigenous peoples in reclaiming their identity as part of their journey towards self-determination. Culturally appropriate and inclusive spaces reconnect women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people with Indigenous ways of living, community support, healing, social networks, and knowledge transmission to future generations. As such, investing in cultural spaces is crucial in addressing the root causes of violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals. The program takes an inclusive approach by supporting a variety of potential spaces for cultural activities for all Inuit, Métis and First Nation peoples.
By investing in spaces for cultural activities which prioritize the voices of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals, the program aims to:
- Support Indigenous communities in advancing their self-determination, which will help to address the root causes of violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals
- Address the National Inquiry 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 their identities
3.2 Program objectives
CSICP's objective is to establish safe, accessible spaces for cultural activities which are inclusive of the perspectives of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities.
3.3 Expected Results
The CSICP's principal outcome is that women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals have increased access to cultural spaces where they feel free to share experiences, connect with their communities, and participate in cultural activities without discrimination, harassment, or denial of identity.
Indigenous self-determination and self-governance benefits from the participation, voices, and safety of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. This program is expected to increase the capacity for Indigenous groups to advance their self-determination in a manner that is more inclusive of the perspectives of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals.
The specific performance measures and indicators are:
Immediate outcome (1 to 2 years)
Cultural space projects are approved for the benefit of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. The indicator used to measure this outcome is the total number of projects approved.
Intermediate outcome (2 to 5 years)
Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people have access to cultural spaces. The indicator used to measure this outcome is the percentage of funded Indigenous communities that have operational or improved cultural spaces.
Ultimate outcome (5 years and beyond)
Funded cultural spaces respond to the needs of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. The indicator used to measure this outcome is the participation rate of women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people participating in cultural space activities, events, and programs.
4. Eligible recipients
Eligible recipients include:
- First Nations, Métis, and Inuit section 35 rights-bearing group
- Indigenous groups with a signed self-government agreement or Modern Treaty (modern treaties negotiated since 1973 under Canada's Comprehensive Claims policy or those under the Inherent Rights Policy since 1995)
- Any corporation, foundation, association or other type of organization identified by an eligible recipient, to act as their agent or representative
Eligible initiatives and projects
Eligible initiatives and projects include the creation, renovation, and retrofit of cultural spaces that promote meaningful access to Indigenous culture, language, and decision making for Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.
5. Type and nature of eligible expenditures
Project costs are intended to support the planning, design, construction, renovation, and retrofit of eligible cultural spaces. Retrofits are changes to an existing cultural space that seek to renovate, upgrade, or repair aspects of the building/asset. Retrofits should include ensuring that a space is safe and accessible to the all community members, in particular for Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. Detailed project costs must be included in the project plan as part of the application process. These expenses should directly support the program objective. Examples of project costs may include:
- Project planning (for example feasibility studies, environmental studies/assessments, architectural and engineering designs, technical studies, etc. all related to CSICP objectives) that examine approaches for the development of new facilities or the renovation of existing ones. Eligible feasibility studies must relate to CSICP objectives (for example examine approaches to development of new facilities or renovations of existing facilities)
- Salary of a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) in charge of overseeing the construction or renovation of a cultural space, as well as building materials and contracts of plumbers, electricians
- Building of new spaces for cultural activities (long houses, cultural centres, heritage parks, powwow grounds, etc.)
- Fees and professional honorariums related to establishing or renovating the eligible cultural space
- Transportation and access to cultural space that's considered as an extension of a cultural space, including access roads, sidewalks, ditches, signs, trails, bridges, vehicle requirements (buses, trucks, cars, snowmobiles, boats)
- Health and safety requirements required for the safety and function of the cultural space, including fire detection (alarms, sirens, detectors), plumbing, electrical and energy systems, garbage removal
- Specialized equipment purchases such as lighting and sound equipment that support the cultural activities
- Costs related to building, adaptive re-use or renovating a building or site (for example material costs, demolition, excavation, labour, repair of molding structures that pose a potential safety hazard, etc.) and related fixed capital costs
The following costs are not eligible:
- taxes for which the recipient is eligible for a tax rebate and all other costs eligible for rebates
- spaces that provide commercial services
- project costs incurred before conditional approval of a project
- legal fees
- salaries and other employment benefits of any employees of the First Nation community;
- a recipient's overhead costs, its direct or indirect operating or administrative costs, and more specifically its costs related to planning, engineering, architecture, supervision, management and other activities normally carried out by its staff
- legal fees
- routine repair and maintenance costs
- audit and evaluation costs
- incremental costs beyond the program's 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 year duration
6. Total Canadian government funding and stacking limits
Annual financial reporting is required to identify all sources of funding received. Total assistance for any project must not exceed 100% of the expected project cost. Applicants are required to disclose all confirmed and potential sources of funding, inclusive of all federal, provincial, territorial, or municipal governments (total government assistance).
7. Method for determining amount of funding
The amount of funding provided to individual projects is determined based on project proposals, including detailed budgets prepared by eligible recipients. Specifically, approved activities identified in project proposals are assessed against internal guidelines, which identify maximum amounts for each activity. Additional details regarding this process are presented in Section 10.
8. Maximum amount payable
The maximum amount payable for any project funded under this program shall not exceed $10 million per year.
Basis for payment
Where it is essential to the achievement of program objectives and specifically provided for in the agreement to be entered into between CIRNAC and the eligible recipient, the basis on which contribution final payments and any progress payments are made is one or a combination of the following:
- Achievement of pre-determined performance expectations or milestones (for example completion of the planning phase, project commencement, project completion, etc.)
- Reimbursement of eligible expenditures (e.g. feasibility studies, environmental assessments, technical studies, etc.)
Recipients of a contribution must meet and continue to meet the specific terms and conditions of the contribution agreement prior to payments being made.
Payments will be made under flexible and fixed contribution funding approaches, in accordance with the Treasury Board's Directive on Transfer Payments.
9. Application requirements and assessment criteria
Eligible recipients are required to provide a duly completed application form, including:
- a description of the applicant's name or representative organization and contact details
- a description of the project or initiative, demonstrating the link to CSICP objectives (and where appropriate, a link to negotiation table work plan activities)
- a detailed project plan listing all activities to be undertaken by or on behalf of the Indigenous community, with detailed costing of all relevant expenses
Projects are assessed using a Priority Ranking Framework. This framework, which is reviewed annually, is used to prioritize projects and make recommendations; however, final project approvals may also take additional criteria into consideration.
Criteria considered by the Priority Ranking Framework include, but are not limited to:
- type of construction (new or renovation)
- project readiness
- current condition of the space (for renovation projects)
- cost-sharing (in-kind, own source revenues, contribution from provinces, territories, or municipal governments, aggregation of projects resulting in cost-savings, contribution from other Indigenous groups, etc.)
- the financial management capacity of the Indigenous organization
- the ability of project to meet program objectives
Performance measurement and reporting
CIRNAC provides assurance that all departmental systems, procedures and resources for ensuring due diligence in approving payments under this program, and in verifying eligibility and entitlement and for the management and administration of the program are in place. Given that some of the applicants will be Indigenous groups with relatively small populations, measurement and reporting will be kept to a minimum to reduce barriers for their participation.
The department will expect a final report and financial statement. The final report will need to describe:
- A narrative of activities undertaken, including a description of the outcomes achieved
- A final account of expenditures
10. Official languages
Where the program supports activities that may be delivered to members of either official language community, access to services from the recipient will be provided in both official languages where there is significant demand in accordance with Part IV of the Official Languages Act. CIRNAC will also ensure that the design and delivery of programs respect the obligations of the Government of Canada as set out in Part VII of the Act.
11. Repayable contributions
Given that all recipients of the Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program are Indigenous communities, contributions are not intended to generate profits and are not repayable. Any money remaining from an advance payment at the end of a contribution agreement, and any amount of any disallowed disbursements are debts due to the Crown, and must be repaid by the recipient. Interest will be charged on overdue repayments.
12. Redistribution of contributions
Where a recipient delegates authority or further distributes contribution funding to an agency or a third party (such as an authority, board, committee, or other entity authorized to act on behalf of the recipient), the recipient shall remain liable to the department for the performance of its obligations under the funding agreement. Neither the objectives of the programs and services nor the expectations of transparent, fair and equitable services shall be compromised by any delegation or redistribution of contribution funding.
Recipients have full independence in the selection of such third parties and will not be acting as an agent of the government in making distributions.
13. Due diligence and reporting
Information is requested from recipients on results achieved to support both the program's performance measurement strategy and departmental reporting. Examples of the types of reports that may be required, include:
- progress reports that outline project status and any changes to expected timelines
- financial reports that contain details on funds received and their management, including a list of completed and forecasted expenditures
- performance reports that outline (1) the types of cultural activities that took place (or are planned to take place) as a result of the establishment or revitalization of a cultural space; and (2) the expected benefits for women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people in the community. This report may be submitted in a culturally-appropriate format, as chosen by the recipient (for example, a video or audio documentary), or as a written report
- a final financial report that provides a full reconciliation of all funds received and expensed. This report should also include an attestation that the project has been substantially completed.
14. Intellectual property
Where a contribution is provided for the development of material in which copyright subsists, conditions for shared rights will be set out in the funding arrangement.
15. Effective date of terms and conditions
These terms and conditions will come into effect on July 30, 2021.
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