Government of Canada provides support for rebuilding of Indigenous nations in Canada
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
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;
- National and Regional Indigenous Organizations; and
Self-governing Indigenous governments.
Director of Communications and Issues Management
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
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