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Call for Proposals to Support Initiatives to Encourage the Transmission of Traditional Knowledge (2018-2019)


The promotion, preservation and transmission of Aboriginal cultures, languages and traditions is a key factor in a context where they risk disappearing and represents an identity issue. The importance of the oral tradition in intergenerational sharing must be recognized. In this respect, seniors play a pivotal role in the transmission of this heritage both in their families and their communities. Community gatherings are protective factors and contribute to well-being since they afford significant opportunities to concretely develop the role of seniors in the community and ensure their social participation.

The 2017-2022 Government Action Plan for the Social and Cultural Development of the First Nations and Inuit ultimately seeks to contribute to the betterment of the First Nations and Inuit and to enhance their living conditions. Culture and language are social determinants of the health of the Aboriginal peoples and projects developed by Aboriginal communities and northern villages aimed at transmitting traditional knowledge can help to satisfy these objectives.

Call for proposals to support initiatives to encourage the transmission of traditional knowledge

Each year until 2021-2022, the Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones (SAA) will fund projects that encourage the transmission of traditional knowledge, up to a maximum of $75 000 per year. 

A maximum of $3 000 will be granted to each organization. The assistance is provided on an ad hoc basis but interested organizations can submit projects each year, until 2021-2022.


This call for proposals seeks to encourage active reflection between Aboriginal young people and seniors on the role past and present of traditional knowledge. Such reflection must lead to a concrete project that can preserve the exchanges. In this perspective, the projects submitted must:

  • develop the role of seniors in the community;
  • enable young people to affirm their cultural identity;
  • develop a common project involving young people and seniors;
  • promote the coordination of several community interveners in the elaboration and dissemination of the project;
  • raise the project’s profile in the community.

Examples of projects

Here are some examples of the type of projects that could be submitted under this call for proposals:

  • Seniors are invited to the classroom for a question-and-answer session and the discussions are filmed. The students are subsequently invited to make and eat traditional bread with the seniors.
  • In an art class, seniors and young people are encouraged to reflect on the question of the transmission of knowledge and to subsequently represent their reflection in drawings or paintings. At the cultural centre, 10 works selected will be exhibited to illustrate the differences and resemblances between their conception of the transmission of knowledge, and the community will be invited to view the works.
  • The young people and seniors jointly organize a play on ancestral traditions and their adaptation to contemporary life. The play is presented to the entire community during a community supper.
  • The young people and seniors invent a story that is then translated into their Aboriginal language and read to children at the community’s childcare centre, and so on.


The following Aboriginal organizations are invited to submit projects:

  • the Aboriginal communities (band councils, tribal councils, northern villages);
  • non-profit organizations such as seniors’ residences and family centres;
  • groups of NPOs from the Aboriginal nations or communities.

Nature of the eligible projects

The financial assistance granted by the SAA must facilitate the realization of defined awareness-raising activities over a determined period during the fiscal year concerned. No project supported can be automatically renewed without the submission of a new application for financial assistance in a subsequent fiscal year.

A maximum of $3 000 is offered to each organization. The funds granted may be less than the amounts requested, depending on the evaluation of the application. Eligible expenses are those directly related to the realization of the project, not covered by other means and deemed to be reasonable. The financial assistance granted can neither be used to establish or renovate infrastructure nor to pay a portion of the wages or fees of a staff member.

Submission of applications and forms

Interested organizations must submit their projects to the SAA using the “Application for financial assistance” form, by email or regular mail and specify that the project submitted pertains to the call for proposals to support initiatives to encourage the transmission of traditional knowledge. The SAA reserves the right to exclude any project initiated or completed prior to the submission of the application for support. For the 2018-2019 fiscal year, projects can be submitted until November 23, 2018.

Evaluation criteria respecting the projects submitted

  • the relevance and quality of the project in relation to the objectives;
  • the likely, significant spinoff for Aboriginal seniors and young people;
  • the number and quality of the partnerships;
  • support from Aboriginal communities;
  • the demonstration of financial requirements;
  • the quality and relevance of the financing package (detailed amounts, financial participation or participation in kind of various community bodies, and so on);
  • the number of Aboriginal seniors and young people reached.


A simplified final report including a breakdown of actual costs and project income must be submitted to the SAA no later than six months after the project’s completion.

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Online as of: October 16, 2018