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Ottawa launches annual call for funding proposals from Indigenous groups for nation rebuilding

Thursday, November 04, 2021 @ 12:56 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Ottawa has launched its annual call for proposals to support nation rebuilding by Indigenous groups.

Federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller announced Nov. 3 that the call for proposals is now open to eligible First Nations, Inuit and Métis groups, who can request funding to support such activities as developing a Constitution, community engagement and consultation toward rebuilding their nations.

The Nation Rebuilding Program aims to advance reconciliation and self-determination for Indigenous Peoples, improve their well-being and economic prosperity and develop healthier and more sustainable communities. The 2018 federal budget allocated $20 million annually, for five years, starting in 2018–19. 

“Supporting Indigenous groups through this innovative program helps each Nation respond to the unique needs and priorities of their communities,” Miller said in a prepared statement. “We are committed to working with Indigenous partners on a Nation-to-Nation, Inuit-Crown and government-to-government basis, and to supporting them on their path to self-determination. We encourage all eligible Indigenous groups to apply to this important program.”

Those eligible to receive funding are:
  • Indigenous Nation entities (as self-defined and representing Nation-based collectives; which could be linked by cultural or linguistic background, geographical area or historical treaty lines);
  • Nation member communities or member organizations on behalf of Nation entities;
  • section 35 constitutional rights-bearing First Nations, Inuit and Métis entities;
  • national and regional Indigenous organizations; and
  • self-governing Indigenous governments.

The funding supports Indigenous groups to rebuild their governance structures and capacity at the nation level, in line with a recommendation from the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and an objective outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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