Government of Canada provides support for rebuilding of Indigenous nations in Canada

News release

August 6, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to working with First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people through a respectful and co-operative dialogue to advance reconciliation and renew their nation-to-nation and government-to-government relationship for the benefit of all Canadians.

The Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett, announced $20 million in funding, this year, for eligible Indigenous groups seeking to develop the governance structures and institutions necessary for them to rebuild their nations or rights-bearing collectives and find their own path to self-determination.
The Nation Rebuilding Program provides support for communities working to build their capacity to take on and exercise their rights (including self-government) and act at a nation level. The Program also supports governance, heritage and educational activities that bring together members of self-identified Indigenous nations and help to reconstitute these communities as nations.

The Program is an important step forward in renewing nation-to-nation relationships with Indigenous peoples; improving their well-being and economic prosperity; and developing healthier, more sustainable communities.

Budget 2018 invested $101.5 million over five years to support this program.


“The Government of Canada is committed to removing barriers for Indigenous groups seeking to rebuild their nations in a manner that responds to their priorities and the unique needs of their communities and traditional legal practices and customs. ‎The Nation Rebuilding Program will help Indigenous nations to create governance with the breadth and capacity to fully pursue exercising their rights, including self-determination.”
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

Quick facts

  • Nation Rebuilding Program funding has been made available for five years starting in 2018-19.

  • For 2018-19, proposals received after the initial deadline of September 21, 2018 will continue to be evaluated if funding is still available.

  • Recipients eligible to receive funding under this program are the following:

    • Reconstituted Indigenous nations entities (as self-defined by Indigenous groups, could be linked by cultural or linguistic background, geographical area or historical treaty lines);
    • Nation member communities or member organizations;
    • Métis;
    • National and Regional Indigenous Organizations; and
      Self-governing Indigenous governments.

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James Fitz-Morris
Director of Communications and Issues Management
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett

Media Relations
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

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