Aboriginal Languages Initiative – Aboriginal Peoples’ Program

From: Canadian Heritage

The Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI), a component of the Aboriginal Peoples' Program, supports the preservation and revitalization of Indigenous languages through community-based projects and activities.

Who can apply

To be eligible for funding, you must be a Canadian organization/group, democratically controlled and be one of the following:

  • Indigenous not-for-profit organizations incorporated under Canada not-for-profit Corporations Act or under corresponding provincial or territorial legislation;
  • Indigenous not-for-profit organizations not incorporated;
  • Indigenous governments and equivalent organizations, and their delegated authorities;
  • Indigenous not-for-profit temporary committees and groups set up to complete a specific project;
  • Indigenous academic institutions; and
  • non-Indigenous not-for-profit organizations working in a clear partnership with Indigenous organizations or Indigenous advisory committees.

Eligible projects

Eligible projects must include activities designed to achieve measurable objectives and positive community outcomes.

To be eligible for funding from the Aboriginal Languages Initiative component, your project must include community-based activities such as:

  • developing and delivering community language training programs (e.g. language and culture instruction and camps, language nests, online training, master-apprentice programs, etc.);
    • The development and teaching of regular accredited curriculum is not eligible for funding.
    • Language training programs must be held outside grade K-12 classes or accredited course work.
  • developing materials to increase Indigenous language use and proficiency (e.g. books, videos, workbooks, lexicons, language kits, games, etc.);
  • developing systems for facilitating communications in Indigenous languages (e.g. database, etc.);
  • developing digital tools to share information, materials and resources among Indigenous languages groups (e.g. website, application, etc.); and
  • recording, documenting and preserving Indigenous languages (e.g. radio and television content, archiving, etc.)

View the list of projects funded by the Aboriginal Languages Initiative component (input "Aboriginal Languages Initiative" in the search query).

Application deadline

To be announced

How to apply

Applicants are required to:

  • contact the Aboriginal Peoples' Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage

Contact us

Department of Canadian Heritage
Aboriginal Peoples' Program
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Gatineau, Quebec
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