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Four our Future Helps Indigenous Communities Access Funds

Upcoming grant opportunity:


Capacity Building Funding for an Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families for Fiscal Year 2021 to 2022


Federal Funding Available:




What is it?

The act enables Indigenous groups, communities or peoples that hold rights recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 (thereafter referred to as "Indigenous groups, communities or peoples") to exercise jurisdiction over child and family services. As part of the Government of Canada's funding commitment to support the implementation of the act, funding is available to support Indigenous groups, communities and peoples and their Indigenous governing body wishing to explore readiness to exercise jurisdiction and develop Indigenous child and family service legislation, systems, and programs prior to entering into coordination agreement discussions.

Who is Eligible?

  • Indigenous governing bodies defined under the act

  • National Indigenous organizations, in order to advance culturally appropriate reform of child and family services

  • All Indigenous groups, communities or peoples that hold rights recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982

Eligible Activities:

  • Community self-assessment

  • Community engagement, including engaging community stakeholders and community members in the drafting, revision, or finalization of child and family services legislation or culturally appropriate programs

  • Planning, including the strategic planning for transition toward and transfer of child and family services jurisdiction

  • Research, including research and development of child and family services models and feasibility studies

  • Child and family services program development

  • Drafting of child and family services legislation and policies

  • Data gathering

  • Professional consulting fees, including expert advice

  • Policy development activities

  • Legislation development, including hiring professionals to assist in legislation development

  • Travel and accommodations

  • Communications

  • IT systems design

  • Hardware and software needed to support data collection, analysis and reporting

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