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First Nations and Métis Initiatives

SaskCulture, along with its community partners, are working to support increased participation of First Nations and Métis peoples in cultural activity in Saskatchewan.  Thanks to funding from the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund, various funding programs are available to support First Nations and Métis cultural leaders make a difference in their community.

For more information on programs that would work best to support First Nations and Métis initiatives, please call Damon Badger Heit at 780-9251.


Aboriginal Arts and Culture Leadership Grant

The Aboriginal Arts and Culture Leadership Grant (AACL) provides partnership opportunities for non-profit organizations wishing to partner with an Aboriginal leader to work with a youth leader to bring traditional and new knowledge and skills to a community. 

For more information, contact SaskCulture at (306) 780-9251.

Capacity Building Grant Program

The Capacity Building Grant Program (CBG) provides funding to enhance operational capacity of a cultural organization, such as staff and board development, strategic initiatives, pilot projects, organizational development and evaluations.

For more information, contact SaskCulture at (306)-780-9265.

Métis Cultural Development Fund

The Métis Cultural Development fund (MCDF) supports activities that preserve, strengthen and transmit Métis culture and traditions in Saskatchewan.  An emphasis is placed on children and building cultural leadership skills, transferring knowledge between generations, skills development, mentorship and having fun.

For more information, contact SaskCulture at (306) 780-9251.

Multicultural Initiatives Fund – Project Funding

The Multicultural Initiatives Fund (MIF) has two streams.  Through the MIF - Project Funding organizations who are primarily ethno-cultural or multicultural in nature may apply for funding for multicultural programming.  The focus on creating a lasting community experience.

For more information, contact SaskCulture at (306) 780-9813.

ArtsSmarts

The ArtsSmarts program offers arts and education grants to schools, artists and community partnerships for innovative projects in any art form that brings K-12 students and professional artists together.

For more information, contact the Saskatchewan Arts Board at (306) 787-4056.

Partnership Explorations Grant Program

This program supports opportunities for communities, schools, institutions or other organizations to form partnerships with an artist to explore, assess and plan for cultural and creative opportunities.

For more information, contact the Saskatchewan Arts Board at (306) 787-4056.

Partnership Innovations Grant Program

Formerly the Artist-in-residence Grant program, this programs supports opportunities that respond to community needs for development in the arts by engaging Saskatchewan artists to work and reside in communities, or work with schools, institutions or other organizations for an extended period. 

For more information, contact the Saskatchewan Arts Board at (306) 787-4056.


Other funding to consider…

Urban Aboriginal Community Grant Program

This program assists organization by providing grants for projects that will increase access to and assist in the development of sport, culture and recreation programs and leadership opportunities for First Nations and Métis people in 14 designated urban centres.
For more information, contact your municipality or the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport.

Aboriginal Funding Programs

The Government of Canada offers a variety of programs that support social, cultural and economic issues and strengthen Aboriginal cultural identity and languages.
For more information, contact the Department of Canadian Heritage.

National Aboriginal Day Program

The Government of Canada offers a program designed to support efforts to highlight the diverse Aboriginal cultures and contributions of Aboriginal people of Canada.
For more information, contact the Department of Canadian Heritage.