Deadline: 27 February 2020
The Government of Canada is seeking proposals for its “Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk (AFSAR)” to support projects that will proactively prevent species, other than species at risk, from becoming a conservation concern.
The protection of species at risk in Canada depends on a meaningful collaboration with Indigenous Peoples and organizations. The Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk (AFSAR) was established in 2004 and supports the development of Indigenous capacity to participate actively in the implementation of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The Act recognizes the important role that Indigenous Peoples play in wildlife conservation and the need to consider Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge (ATK) in the assessment of which species may be at risk, as well as in the development and implementation of protection and recovery measures.
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The objectives of AFSAR are to:
- support and promote the conservation, protection and recovery of target species and their habitats on Indigenous lands or traditionally used territories and
- support the engagement and cooperation of Indigenous Peoples in the conservation and recovery of the target species, their habitats and SARA processes
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Activities eligible for funding include:
- habitat protection and securement
- habitat improvement
- species and habitat threat abatement
- conservation Planning
- surveys, inventories and monitoring
- project evaluation
- documentation and use of Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge
- outreach and education
- capacity building
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- The minimum funding request suggested for new and multi-year projects is $10,000 and project funding usually ranges from $10,000 to $50,000 per project.
- Indigenous applicants will be required to obtain a minimum of 0.20:1 matching contributions ($0.20 confirmed match for $1 AFSAR funding).
- Non-Indigenous applicants will be required to obtain a minimum of 1:1 matching contributions ($1 confirmed match for $1 AFSAR funding).
All Indigenous communities and organizations located in Canada are eligible for funding, including:
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- Indigenous not-for-profit and for profit organizations
- territorially based Indigenous groups
- district councils, Chiefs councils and Tribal councils
- traditional appointed advisory committees
- Indigenous corporations
- Indigenous partnerships and groups
- Indigenous research, academic, and educational institutions
- Indigenous cultural education centres
- Indigenous land/resource management authorities
- Indigenous co-operatives
- Indigenous societies
- Indigenous boards and commissions
- other organizations (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) if mandated by one of the above eligible recipients.
Projects must take place on:
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- reserves and Lands set apart for the use and benefit of Aboriginal Peoples under the Indian Act or under section 91 (24) of the Constitution Act,1867
- other lands directly controlled by Indigenous Peoples (e.g., Métis Settlement lands, and land claim/treaty settlement lands), and lands set aside in the Yukon and Northwest Territories pursuant to Cabinet Directive, circular No.27 or
- lands where traditional activities (harvesting or other) are carried out by Indigenous Peoples
The expected results of AFSAR are:
- Canada’s wildlife and habitat is conserved and protected
- Canada’s species at risk are recovered and
- Indigenous Peoples are engaged in conservation
How to Apply
Applicants can apply on-line via given website.
For more information, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environmental-funding/programs/aboriginal-fund-species-risk.html
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