The Indigenous Languages Component of the Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program supports the efforts of Indigenous communities and organizations to reclaim, revitalize, maintain, and strengthen Indigenous languages.
Expected results include:

  • Indigenous communities have access to resources to deliver activities that incorporate Indigenous languages;
  • Indigenous people and groups are engaged in activities that strengthen Indigenous languages; and
  • Indigenous people and groups are engaged as an integral part of Canadian society, and embrace and share their languages with other Canadians.

The Department of Canadian Heritage continues to collaborate with First Nations, Inuit, and M├ętis Nation representatives in managing the Indigenous Languages Component application and review process.

Who can apply

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.

November 29, 2021, is the deadline to apply for funding.

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