Naut'sa mawt Tribal Council Vancouver Island 

8017 Chemainus Rd., Chemainus, BC VOR 1K5
p: (250) 324-1800 | tf : 888-382-7711

Naut'sa mawt Tribal Council Delta Office

330-6165 Highway 17A Delta, BC V4K 5B8

p: (604) 943-6712 | tf: 888-382-7711




B.C. Capacity Initiative (BCCI) (ISC). Deadline November 29, 2019. BCCI funds projects that enhance First Nations capacities and readiness to negotiate treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements relating to Section 35 rights. Projects must demonstrate a strong connection between the capacity being built and the group’s long-term plan for self-determination. The call letter, application guidelines, and application form are all available on the BCCI website here.


B.C. Language Initiative (BCLI) (FPCC). Deadline November 15, 2019. BCLI grants projects to revitalize BC First Nations languages including Immersion programming (children or adults), traditional and cultural language programming, documentation/recording/digitization, materials development, FirstVoices development, language planning. Grants range from $20,000 to $100,000. New to this year, you can apply online! This is the first time that we are accepting BCLI grant applications online, using the new FPCC Grant Portal. Applying online is simpler and faster than completing paper applications and the Grant Portal places all your grant information at your fingertips. For more information about the Grant Portal, a link to Frequently Asked Questions and how it will improve your application process click here.


Grants from Civil Forfeiture Proceeds. Deadline is November 18, 2019. The Crime Prevention and Remediation Grant Program provides one-time funding to crime prevention projects that align with funding streams chosen on an annual basis. This year’s call for grant applications is open from October 11 to November 18, 2019. One of the program areas is Indigenous Healing and Rebuilding providing one-time grants of up to $30,000 (per project) to support projects that use holistic approaches to address healing and rebuilding of Indigenous families, individuals, and/or communities.


Northern Aboriginal Broadcasting – Aboriginal Peoples’ Program. Deadline November 19, 2019. The Northern Aboriginal Broadcasting (NAB) component of the Aboriginal Peoples' Program supports the production and distribution of Indigenous audio and video content. Funding is available for radio and television production activities  contributing to the preservation, promotion and revitalization of Indigenous languages and cultures, and facilitating Northern Indigenous participation in activities and developments related to the north.


Community Gaming Grants- Human and Social Services. Deadline November 30, 2019. Grants are available for organizations that deliver programs that significantly contribute to the quality of life in a community. Local organizations can receive up to $100,000 per year and regional organizations up to $225,000 per year. Communities have had success using this funding for language work, including language nests. Assistance with applying is available to Indigenous organizations. Assistance with applying is available to Indigenous organizations. Contact Matt Simpson. Tel: 250-388-5522 ext 252. Email: Website:


Mentor-Apprentice Program-FPCC. Deadline December 13, 2019. The Mentor-Apprentice Program (MAP) is a one-on-one language immersion program to facilitate the development of fluent speakers of B.C First Nations languages. Fluent speakers are partnered with committed learners in an immersion environment. The Mentor-Apprentice Program is offering grants for up to 30 new teams for the 2019/20 program year. We anticipate 80 teams to continue in the second or third year of their work, bringing our MAP teams for 2019/20 to 110!


Language Gathering and Sharing Grants. Deadline to apply: Eligible applications will be funded in the order in which they are received until the project fund is expended for the current year. The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is offering grant funding for language-focused gatherings that bring together First Nations communities and organizations in British Columbia to share about their current and future language revitalization projects and plans. The grants may be used for formal or informal gatherings with two or more communities or organizations that have the same language, for the purpose of sharing information and resources and forming positive relationships for language revitalization. Funding requests should be between $2,500 - $15,000. NOTE** Applicants may apply for both projects, but will be awarded up to a maximum of $15,000 per applicant for one or both projects. There are two project options within this grant:

  • Language Gathering and Sharing events with neighbouring communities in the same language group to share successes and prepare for the future of your language. This funding is intended to support you to showcase your successful language projects and strategies, share resources, and form informal and formal language alliances with other communities that share the same language.

  • NEW! Community-to-Community Mentorship projects in which a team from one community visits and/or collaborates with a team from another community. The visiting community will be able to learn and implement successful language revitalization models and strategies such as: language nests, adult immersion programs, language planning and other language strategies. This way, both communities will develop and benefit from a language revitalization partnership that will nurture the work of language revitalization in their respective territories


The Childcare BC New Spaces Fund provides funding to build quality, licensed child care in all regions of the province (on and off reserve). Indigenous Governments are eligible for up to $3 million in capital funding and Indigenous non-profit societies are eligible for up to $1.5 million (both at 100% Provincial contribution) to build a child care centre, renovate a building to create child care, or renovate to expand current child care services. The application intake is ongoing (no deadline) and applications are adjudicated and awarded funding on their own merit (no competition among applicants). If your community or organization has been considering creating or expanding child care, please contact Devon Carter, Senior Manager of Partnerships and Engagement, with the Ministry of Children and Family Development at or (778) 698-1689.

Movable Cultural Property Grants. (Government of Canada). No Deadline. Movable Cultural Property Grants help designated organizations acquire cultural property of outstanding significance and national importance to Canada, as outlined in the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Designated organizations are located in Canada and demonstrate the ability to ensure the long-term preservation of cultural property. Grants can be used to purchase cultural property: for which an export permit has been denied; or that is important to Canada’s national heritage and available for purchase outside the country.

Mental Health & Wellness Funding (NEW 2019).The First Nations Health Authority, the Province and Canada have each committed $10 million dollars over two years (2019-2021) to support First Nations communities and Nations to come together to plan, design and deliver initiatives in support of the social determinants of mental health and wellness.The funding approach recognizes that each community and Nation is at a different place on their journey to health and wellness. To learn more and how to apply, visit:


Micro-Grants program. Apply throughout the year. Apply Throughout the Year. The FPCC Micro-Grant program assists Indigenous artists and collectives in British Columbia to achieve outcomes that respond to extenuating circumstances and emergent needs, as well as contribute to professional development in all artistic disciplines, With grants of $1,000, this program will assist with projects initiated and directed by Indigenous artists and collectives (groups of three or more people) who have demonstrated commitment to their artistic practice.


Elders Grants- Open Until Funds Exhausted. 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.


Youth Grants- Open Until Funds are Exhausted. The New Relationship Trust (NRT) provides a maximum of $2,000 per projects per First Nations youth group at the community level to implement projects that promote capacity development and language revitalization.









  • FPCC 2019 HOLIDAY CARD CONTEST! The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is encouraging young Indigenous artists aged 5-12 to submit a piece of artwork that depicts a holiday-related theme for a chance to be featured on the 2019 FPCC Holiday Card! Be creative! Use your language! Reflect your territory, traditions, community or family.Entries must be submitted in the form of a drawing, sketch or painting and meet the following requirements. Artwork will not be returned. Submission deadline November 22, 2019.

  • The Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC) will continue to host their Indigenous community members participating in the urban Indigenous language hub, including:

·         Nihiyaw Cree Lessons

·         Nuu-Chah-Nulth lessons

·         Sayise Dene Lessons

·         Anishinaabemowin Lessons

·         Dakota Language Planning

To register or find out more, please contact Lisa

  • University of Victoria Course Offering: LING 379 Language and Land. This is a class that considers WSÁNEĆ; particular relationships to the place they come from. While the primary focus of the lectures will be WSÁNEĆ territory, place names and related stories, other territories and their people’s views, will inevitably be discussed. The topics will range from epistemologies, seasonal cycles, ethnobotany, politics and laws relevant to past, current and future visions of  WSÁNEĆ homelands. Some classes will be taught during field trips in WSÁNEĆ territory. Whether you do or not identify as a WSÁNEĆ person, come ready to examine and discuss your point of view concerning land and the language you use to speak it. Course offered in partnership with Department of Linguistics, UVic and the En’owkin Centre. Dates:   Saturday, Jan. 18 to Monday, Jan. 20 and    Saturday, Jan. 25 to Monday, Jan. 27, 2020  Time:   10 am to 4 pm Location:  WSÁNEĆ School Board Cultural Building Instructor: Phillip Kevin Paul Fee:   $569.63 tuition plus $150 Program Fee CRN:   23805. Enrol today via MyPage: CRN 2305 or inquire about the  non-credit option. 250-472-4507.

  • The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) works with partners in Canada to deliver 16 regional workshops across the country each year, from April 1 through March 31. These workshops are designed to be as interactive as possible and are generally two days in length. Some may be customized for a 1- or 3-day format, depending on areas of interest and need, as well as CCI availability. The following criteria are used to select hosts: Reason/rationale for hosting the workshop, Scope of the audience reached, Need to balance workshop offerings among different types of institutions. Preference is given to applicants who can demonstrate a broad benefit to the heritage community, rather than to a single institution. Deadline to Apply was October 15, 2019 but has been extended.


  • Métis Nation BC Métis Oral History Project. MNBC is in the first exploratory stages of a project obtaining a record of existing oral history on the Métis presence in BC pre-effective control (pre mid-1900’s/1850). We are interested in interviewing Métis who have ancestors who lived in BC prior to the mid-nineteenth century and who have sufficient knowledge about their family history in BC. Interview teams will be travelling the province through the summer of 2019 meeting with participants to hear the rich historical stories of the Métis Nation.





  • Language for Life: Nourishing Indigenous Languages in the Home. The First Peoples’ Cultural Council has released this new handbook. The purpose of this handbook is to help families bring their language into their home on an everyday basis. Speaking your language in the home benefits children and families as it restores connections to identity and culture. The free, practical handbook offers fun tools and activities to guide families as they begin to learn their language together and help younger generations build a stronger connection to their culture.


  • Recognizing and Including Indigenous Cultural Heritage in B.C. FPCC is excited to release a policy paper as a guide to help safeguard Indigenous Cultural Heritage (ICH). FPCC is the only organization in B.C. mandated to support the revitalization of ICH and this paper marks the first time that a policy paper on ICH has been produced by, and for, Indigenous Peoples in Canada. It is becoming increasingly urgent for Indigenous Peoples to lead efforts to protect our cultural heritage. The paper, Recognizing and Including Indigenous Cultural Heritage in B.C., is our first step towards developing a strategy to address all forms of B.C. Indigenous heritage.


  • HELISET TŦE SḰÁL (pronounced ha-LEE-sut-te-skwayl) – ‘Let the Languages Live’ – 2019 International Conference on Indigenous Languages focused on the revitalization of Indigenous languages, held in Victoria, B.C. The First Peoples’ Cultural Council has a new page to share information about the conference proceedings and also provide links to resources, programs and funding to support community language revitalization work.



  • Indigitization Program Videos: You can now watch our Indigitization Futures Forum videos broken down by speaker - so now you only need about fifteen minutes to learn more about digitization and language preservation.


  • Indigenous Repatriation Handbook. 2019. This first edition of the handbook was written by the Indigenous Collections and Repatriation Department of the Royal BC Museum and the Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Llnagaay, and it was reviewed by the First Peoples’ Cultural Council and the Royal BC Museum Indigenous Advisory and Advocacy Committee. The handbook was created in response to the feedback received during the 2017 Repatriation symposium hosted by the Royal BC Museum and the First Peoples’ Cultural Council.


  • NEȾOLṈEW̱ Indigenous Language Learning Atlas. NILLA provides an online space for Indigenous communities, advocates, researchers, and allies to engage and exchange knowledge, and to share their own and learn about others’ successful language learning strategies within Canada.





  • Marianne Ignace, a faculty member in the Departments of Linguistics and First Nations Studies, will be awarded one of five Social Science and Humanities Research Council Impact awards in December. The award celebrates the best ideas and research about people, thoughts and behaviour.


  • The new FPCC online Grant Portal will be launched on October 1st starting with the B.C. Language Initiative. Additional funding programs will become available on the Grant Portal as new funding calls open. What’s changing? FPCC is rolling out a new way to apply for grants online. 

What’s great about this?

·         Easily access funding guidelines, eligibility criteria and a list of items you need to include with your application.

·         Convenient worksheets and checklists support your application.

·         How-to guides are just one-click away and accessible from any screen.

What’s not changing?

·         Our staff will still be there to support you throughout the process.

·         There are no changes for FPCC funding programs that are currently accepting applications.

·         There are no changes for existing grant recipients. Changes only apply to new grant submissions.