Aboriginal Languages- events, funding, opportunities
Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnerships Program – Call for Proposals. Deadline to Apply is May 24, 2017. The
Ministry of Advanced Education is undertaking a call for proposals for the Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnerships (ACBTP) Program. Contracts may run for up to 25 months, between January 2018, and February 2020. ACBTP funds partnerships between public post-secondary institutions and Aboriginal communities to deliver programs that improve access to education and training within Aboriginal communities and increase participants’ attachment to the labour market.
Community Gaming Grants– Arts and Culture. Deadline to apply is May 31, 2017. Applications for this sector must provide
public access to and/or preservation of the arts, heritage or culture. Local organizations can apply for funding up to $100,000 per year, regional organizations up to $225,000 per year, and province-wide organizations up to $250,000 a year.
Elders Grants– Taking applications until June 6, 2017. The New Relationship Trust (NRT) provides a maximum of $2,000 per
projects that benefit Elders and/or Elders groups at the community or Nation level. The purpose of the initiative is capacity building that enhances knowledge, abilities, skills and processes in areas such as language and culture, mentorship, leadership and team building.
Indigenous Early Years Scholarships and Bursaries. Deadline to apply is June 8, 2017. The New Relationship Trust Foundation
(NRT Foundation) is pleased to announce the launch of a new $1 million Indigenous Early Years Scholarship and Bursary program. Those who identify as Indigenous persons and are residents of British Columbia are eligible for the Indigenous Early Years Scholarship Program in areas of study that align with early years’ professions including early childhood education, early intervention therapies and supports, and other para-professions.
Community Gaming Grants– Parent Advisory Councils and District Parent Advisory Councils. Deadline to apply is June 30,
- Applications for this sector must be used to benefit students by enhancing extracurricular opportunities. Local organizations can apply for funding up to $100,000 per year, regional organizations up to $225,000 per year, and province-wide organizations up to $250,000 a year.
Youth Grants – Taking applications until fund is exhausted. The New Relationship Trust (NRT) provides a maximum of
$2,000 to assist BC First Nation youth in their communities. Priority is given to groups and projects that demonstrate capacity building, leadership or mentorship for First Nation youth.
New Horizons for Seniors Program – Call for Proposals is coming soon. This federal grant program supports projects led or
inspired by seniors/Elders. The funding can support language revitalization work where Elders/seniors are involved in sharing their knowledge of the language. It can fund informal gatherings that bring Elders/seniors together, or with their communities and young people. It can support the creation of DVDs, books, recordings of Elders/senior speakers. New Horizons will be holding information sessions in April- follow the link to request to be on their mailing list and get future information.
Community Fund for Canada’s 150th – Deadlines vary depending on location in B.C. The fund provides communities with
small grants to support local projects, distributed by participating community foundations from coast to coast. The fund supports projects that inspire a deeper understanding about the people, places and events that shape Canada and those that build vibrant and healthy communities with the broadest possible engagement of all Canadians including indigenous peoples, youth and groups that reflect Canada’s cultural diversity.
Education Support, Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation – Deadline to apply is July 31, 2017. The focus of this fund is on
educational activities to support and encourage youth to pursue and complete their education with the goal of developing youth as future leaders of their communities.
* Celebrating Métis Education, Culture, Language and Resources Conference, May 4-5, 2017, Vancouver
* Indigenous Heritage Circle Vancouver Forum, May 11, 2017, Vancouver
* Regional Session on Indigenous Language Legislation (FPCC), May 17, Kelowna
* Regional Session on Indigenous Language Legislation (FPCC), May 25, Prince George
* Regional Session on Indigenous Language Legislation (FPCC), May 31, Richmond
* Regional Session on Indigenous Language Legislation (FPCC), June 2, Nanaimo
* Regional Session on Indigenous Language Legislation (FPCC), June 12, Terrace
* BC Elder’s Annual Gathering, July 11-13, Campbell River
* First Nations Language Conference (FNESC), July 21-22, 2017, Vancouver
Team BC Theme Song Competition- North American Indigenous Games Composer Invitation– Deadline to apply is May 18,
- Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council has announced a competition for Indigenous artists to compose and submit an original drum song to be used as Team BC’s official theme song at the North American Indigenous Games and future Team BC programs. The drum song is open to all indigenous artists (singer/songwriters, composers, musicians) across BC and the winning artist will receive a $3,500 prize award.
First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC) are inviting applications from B.C. First Nations applicants to serve on their Advisory Committee. The Advisory is made up of representatives from each of B.C.’s 34 Indigenous languages. Advisory Committee members are volunteers who act as a bridge between First Nations communities and FPCC by bringing ideas, advice and issues to the attention of the Board of Directors. For more information: http://www.fpcc.ca/about-us/news-room/news02241701.aspx
* Introduction to SENĆOŦEN Water and Land. Registration is now open. Course runs from May 1 to May 31. University of
Victoria. Learn about the relationship between the SENĆOŦEN and Lekwungen speaking peoples to their local territories. You will learn basic SENĆOŦEN words, conversation, greetings, introductions, prayers, songs and vocabulary as it relates to land and water and SENĆOŦEN orthography. You will build oral and aural SENĆOŦEN skills through experiential and land based learning. Contact CJ Bugay to register: 250-721-7824.
* Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization. July 24-29th, Vancouver. University of British Columbia.
Critical study of the historical, social, cultural, political, and economic factors impacting on language loss, retention, and revival. Research on and application of methodologies for collaborative, trans-disciplinary, community-based documentation and revitalization of BC’s Indigenous linguistic heritage.
* Indigenous Languages of BC: Diversity and Vitality. July 3-14th, Vancouver. University of British Columbia. This
course examines genetic affiliation, areal contact, typological features, and initiatives to sustain the vitality and diversity of BC First Nations Languages.
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Stephanie Gabel, Senior Advisor
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation