$4.6 Million Available: Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk

Read on for more information about SAR funding


What is the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk?

The Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk (AFSAR) aims to help Indigenous nations build capacity to participate in the conservation and recovery of species and habitats. Established in 2004-2005, this fund is provided annually Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada with the guidance of National Aboriginal organizations and is open to all Indigenous communities across Canada. Funds can be used to implement projects in support of:

  • Species at Risk Stream: Focuses on traditional species at risk recovery projects – Species at Risk, as defined under the federal Species at Risk Act (e.g. barn owl, queensnake, cucumber tree, eastern wolf, sturgeon, caribou, wolverine, Blanding’s turtle. Note these species may change depending on your location)
  • Prevention Stream: Other priority species within your traditional territory and/or reservation that are of cultural significance to your community (e.g. polar bear, beluga, bald eagle, sweetgrass, wild rice) and to prevent these species from becoming a conservation concern

Successful applicants usually receive up to $50,000 per year for up to 3 years.

The call for AFSAR applications is anticipated early in November 2015.

More information is available HERE


Example Projects:

In previous years communities have used this fund for conservation and recovery of species and habitats activities that include:

  • Training for nation members in the identification and monitoring of species at risk or other important species
  • Initiatives to increase habitat quality and quantity
  • Gathering information on species population, abundance and habitat
  • Interviews with elders, trappers and land users to
  • Help guide species recovery planning
  • Encourage stewardship activities
  • Support the development of land management plans
  • Creating educational materials
  • Identification of known spawning and rearing sites
  • Identification of the effects of climate change on the land

Application Process:



Application process expected to open early November 2015



Review online application documents and develop a project proposal that aligns with national and regional fund objectives



Recommended: Draft expression of interest for project and submit to AFSAR regional coordinator for review and comments



Fill out and submit online application prior to deadline

(anticipated mid December 2015)


How we can help

If your community is interested, SVS can:

  • Notify your community when the call for applications is issued
  • Assist your community with understanding how this fund could best benefit your community
  • Provide assistance with the application process
  • If appropriate, assist with the implementation of the project

Contact us at info@sharedvaluesolutions.com or 226-706-8888 to stay informed and explore opportunities for collaboration


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  • Collaborative land and resource use planning and management- process design and delivery
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge Studies & Traditional Knowledge Studies
  • Traditional Land Use Studies (TLUS)/ Traditional Land Use and Occupancy Mapping
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