Commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Current status: Closed

Please note: The application intake is now closed. For further information on other funding opportunities, please visit: Funding – Culture, history and sport.

The Commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation component of the Commemorate Canada program provides funding (up to a maximum of $10,000) to eligible recipients for initiatives that commemorate or increase awareness of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and of the history and legacy of residential schools.

Who can apply

The following organizations are eligible for funding:

  • Indigenous governments, band councils or tribal councils, or their delegated authorities
  • Indigenous not-for-profit organizations or groups
  • organizations, including Survivor groups, demonstrating a close working partnership with and directed by Indigenous-governed organizations
  • for profit Indigenous organizations, provided that the project for which they are requesting funding will not result in income generation for their sole benefit
  • Indigenous-led institutions including accredited programs
  • in exceptional circumstances to be approved by the program, non-Indigenous organizations, in close partnership with Indigenous organizations

The following organizations are not eligible:

  • private individuals and political parties
  • federal departments, their institutions and portfolio agencies

Eligible projects

To be eligible for funding your project must meet at least 1 of the following objectives:

  • increase awareness and commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and/or the history and legacy of residential schools
  • honour children who did not return home, survivors, their families and communities
  • provide an opportunity for survivors, families and communities to share their stories and advance inter-generational healing and reconciliation

Examples of eligible projects:

  • community ceremonies
  • healing workshops, Elder presentations
  • commemorative murals, cairns and plaques
  • educational and awareness material, speaker series
  • cultural and artistic initiatives

Application deadline

The application intake is now closed.

How to apply

Applicants are required to:

You must meet all eligibility requirements and submit a complete application package to be considered for funding.

Contact us

Commemorate Canada
Department of Canadian Heritage
25 Eddy St
Suite 100

Gatineau QC  K1A 0M5



1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)

1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

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