Read on for updates on Indigenous funding programs, precedent setting impact benefit and resource management agreements, and stories of prosperity, jurisdiction and stewardship in action.
Indigenous Funding Programs
Participant Funding is Available for the Cedar LNG Project in British Columbia
The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada is making funding available through its Participant Funding Program to assist the participation of the public and Indigenous peoples in the federal impact assessment for the proposed Cedar LNG Project, a floating liquefied natural gas processing facility and marine export terminal located near Kitimat, British Columbia.
Applications are open until January 6th, 2020.
Participant Funding is Available for the Prairie Lights Power Project in Alberta
The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada is making funding available through its Participant Funding Program to assist the participation of the public and Indigenous groups in the federal impact assessment for the proposed Prairie Lights Power Project, a natural-gas fired power generation facility located within the Municipal District of Greenview, Alberta.
Applications will be considered until January 6th, 2020.
Indigenous Guardians Pilot Program
In the 2017 Budget, the Government of Canada announced $25 million over four years to support an Indigenous Guardians Pilot Program. This program will provide Indigenous Peoples with greater opportunity to exercise responsibility in stewardship of their traditional lands, waters, and ice. The Pilot Program supports Indigenous rights and responsibilities in protecting and conserving ecosystems, developing and maintaining sustainable economies, and continuing the profound connections between Canadian landscape and Indigenous culture.
The call for proposals is open until January 10th, 2020.
The Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation is newly launched foundation with the mission of providing greater access to grants and funding for Mi’kmaq and Maliseet communities in Atlantic Canada. The foundation will fund a wide range of projects ranging from child and elder care to education, community economic development to lands and resource stewardship. Interested in exploring opportunities with Ulnooweg? Check out their website and feel free to contact them directly for more information.
This program, funded through the Government of Canada and Government of British Columbia, supports Indigenous Nations in B.C. to enhance the management of water and wastewater. Funding may also be used for projects that improve community water infrastructure and access. There is a total of $150 million available in this round of funding. Applications are due on February 26, 2020.
New Blog Series:
Indigenous Knowledge Matters
Welcome to our new blog series that explores ways Indigenous nations have used Indigenous Knowledge Studies (also called Traditional Knowledge or Land Use and Occupancy Studies) to assert jurisdiction, leverage influence in regulatory processes and Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) negotiations, further stewardship and cultural revitalization efforts, and to build capacity.
This series is a celebration of the extraordinary nations and visionary leaders we have had the privilege of working with on Indigenous Knowledge studies from coast, to coast, to coast - with some resources and ideas for you to use in your own journeys. We hope you join us for the rest of the ride. And please get in touch if there’s a topic you’d like us to explore.
Read the first two posts in this ongoing series:
We are a Canadian B Corp, and we assist Indigenous communities with support throughout regulatory processes surrounding major development projects like mines, hydroelectric facilities, transmission lines, highway expansions, oil and gas pipelines, natural resource transport applications and nuclear power.
We have deep context and experience behind the recommendations we provide, having worked for our clients on almost every major project in Canada over the last 10 years. For us, it’s all about building long-term relationships with our clients. We want to get to know you and what you want to do so we can help you move your plans forward.
- Reviews of Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements
- First Nation Land Code communities
- Indigenous Guardian programs
- Impact Benefit Agreements: technical and regulatory support for negotiations
- Indigenous Jurisdiction initiatives: joint management agreements and co-management agreements
- Community-based Indigenous environmental monitoring
- Indigenous Land Use Planning
- Participant funding negotiation and application support
- Multimedia Storytelling