Indigenous Languages Component — Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program

From: Canadian Heritage

What’s new

For 2021-2022 and 2022-2023, the Department of Canadian Heritage is collaborating with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation in the management of the Indigenous Languages Component application and review process.

The Indigenous Languages Component of the Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program supports the efforts of Indigenous communities and organizations to reclaim, revitalize, maintain and strengthen Indigenous languages.

Expected results include the following:

  • Indigenous communities have access to resources to deliver activities that incorporate Indigenous languages
  • Indigenous individuals and groups are engaged in activities that strengthen Indigenous languages
  • Indigenous individuals and groups are engaged as an integral part of Canadian society, and embrace and share their languages with other Canadians

Who can apply

To be eligible for funding, you must be a Canadian organization or group, democratically held and managed, and in good standing. The following organizations are eligible for funding:

  • Indigenous not-for-profit organization
  • Indigenous governing body such as a council, government or other entity that is authorized to act on behalf on an Indigenous group, community or people that holds rights recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982
  • Indigenous ad hoc committee that has formed to do a specific project
  • For-profit Indigenous organization, provided that the project for which you are requesting funding will not result in income generation for your sole benefit
  • Indigenous-led institution including accredited programs
  • In exceptional circumstances to be approved by the Program, non-Indigenous not-for-profit organization, in close partnership with Indigenous organizations

How to apply

Depending on the Indigenous languages targeted by your project and the region where the activities are located, you must submit your application to the following First Nations organizations or to the Department of Canadian Heritage.

First Nations languages projects
Regions Where to apply
British Columbia First Peoples’ Cultural Council
Ontario First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centers
Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey
Other regions Department of Canadian Heritage
Inuit languages projects
All regions Where to apply
The 4 Inuit regions will be responsible for the review process of the lnuit languages activities and projects. Department of Canadian Heritage
Métis Nation languages projects
All regions Where to apply
The Métis Nation will be responsible for the review process of the Métis languages activities and projects. Department of Canadian Heritage
Multi-distinctions languages projects
All regions Where to apply
Projects including Indigenous languages activities from more than 1 distinction are considered as Multi-distinctions. The distinctions are First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Department of Canadian Heritage

How to apply to the Department of Canadian Heritage

Applicants to the Department of Canadian Heritage are required to:

Application deadline — Department of Canadian Heritage

Fiscal year application Single year Multi‑year
(2 years)
Deadline
2021-2022 yes yes February 22, 2021
2022-2023 yes no November 1, 2021

Applicants that are interested in applying for multi-year funding (2021-2022 and 2022-2023) must submit their application for both years by February 22, 2021. Applicants approved for funding for 2 years in 2021-2022 cannot submit another application in the 2022-2023 call for applications.

Contact us

Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program
Department of Canadian Heritage
15 Eddy St (15-8-E)
Gatineau QC  K1A 0M5

Email
pch.autochtone-indigenous.pch@canada.ca
Telephone
819-934-1405
1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
TTY
1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

Agents are available to answer your questions Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (ET).

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