The Government of Canada is pleased to launch the Indigenous Languages Component of the Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program to support the efforts of Indigenous communities and organizations to reclaim, revitalize, maintain and strengthen Indigenous languages.
The objectives of the Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program are to:
- Strengthen Indigenous cultural identity and participation in Canadian society; and
- Support the efforts of Indigenous peoples to reclaim, revitalize, maintain and strengthen Indigenous languages and cultures.
- They can fund up to 100% of eligible expenses. Applications for the Indigenous Languages Component should generally not exceed $300,000 per year.
- Approved applications of $150,000 and under may be funded through a grant agreement.
- Approved applications over $150,000 will be funded through a contribution agreement.
- You can submit only one application per applicant to this program per fiscal year.
Expected results include:
- 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; and
- Indigenous individuals and groups are engaged as an integral part of Canadian society, and embrace and share their languages with other Canadians.
To be eligible for funding from the Indigenous Languages Component, your project must include community-based activities such as:
- Cultural development;
- Language reclamation, promotion, revitalization, maintaining and strengthening;
- Capacity building;
- Conferences and gathering;
- Community engagement;
- Leadership development towards Indigenous languages;
- Life skills and wellness that incorporate learning of an Indigenous language;
- Production and broadcast of radio, television and programming;
- Innovation and new technologies;
- Consultation and coordination;
- Research, studies and community assessment; and
- Management and administration.
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; and
- In exceptional circumstances to be approved by the Program, non-Indigenous not-for-profit organization, in close partnership with Indigenous organizations.
For more information, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/aboriginal-peoples/languages.html