Aboriginal Peoples Collaborative Exchange: National and International Project Grants



15 November, 2016
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Grant Amount

$5,000 - $30,000

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The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from people with disabilities.

Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines [PDF, 497 KB].

Program Description

The Aboriginal Peoples Collaborative Exchange (APCE) program provides support for Aboriginal artists to travel to other Aboriginal communities to collaborate in a traditional or contemporary artistic practice. This is a multidisciplinary program that is open to individual Aboriginal artists, arts groups, artists’ collectives and arts organizations.

The program encourages social and community environments that support the development of Aboriginal arts and artistic practices. It aims to foster unique artistic relationships and networks through inter-nation collaborative exchanges among Aboriginal artists, across all disciplines.

Note: For this program, the Canada Council encourages submissions in any chosen Aboriginal language, which will be translated into English or French for the assessment committee.

In general terms, the APCE program supports collaborations that are:

Creative – Two artists or groups of artists creating a work together.

Developmental – The development of artistic skills and techniques among participants, the advancement of traditional or contemporary artistic knowledge, and the formalized exploration of artistic themes.

Exploratory and Research – Artistic research with Aboriginal communities to recover, examine, and authenticate traditional histories and artistic practices (while respecting each Aboriginal nation’s affirmed protocol.)

Artists and Community Collaboration Program (ACCP)

Applicants may find that their project falls within the objectives of the Artists and Community Collaboration Program (ACCP). The fund offers financial support to collaborations in an arts process that actively involves the work of professional artists and non-arts community members in creative relationships, including projects that involve youth and elders.

Applicants may apply to the ACCP for National projects through this program.


15 November, 2016

Grant Amount

Individual applicants

Individuals travelling within Canada may request a maximum of $5,000.

If they are travelling to and from a destination outside Canada, they may request a maximum of $10,000. Individual applicants may also invite international indigenous artists to Canada.

Arts groups, artists' collectives and arts organizations

Arts groups, artists’ collectives and arts organizations travelling within Canada may request a maximum of $20,000.

If they are travelling to and from a destination outside Canada, these applicants may request a maximum of $30,000. Arts groups, artists’ collectives and arts organizations may also apply for assistance to bring international Indigenous individuals or groups to Canada for their collaborative project.


Canadian Aboriginal individual artists, arts groups, artists’ collectives and arts organizations are eligible to apply to this program. Foreign Indigenous artists must have a Canadian Aboriginal arts group, collective or organization apply on their behalf.

The Canada Council defines Aboriginal people as First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. For this program, Aboriginal people also include Indigenous and First Peoples from outside Canada.

Note that meeting the eligibility does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.

Individual applicants

Individual applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. They do not need to be living in Canada when they apply.

They must also be Aboriginal artists who have:

  • completed their basic training (not necessarily in a formal educational institution, but perhaps through a mentorship process)
  • produced an independent body of work
  • received the recognition of their peers through the public presentation of their work, or have been recommended by an established Aboriginal artist or an Aboriginal arts organization.

Arts groups, artists’ collectives and arts organizations

Arts groups, artists’ collectives and arts organizations must have Aboriginal artists as a majority of their members, and their artistic direction must be provided by Aboriginal artists of Canada. Arts organizations must show an ongoing commitment to Aboriginal arts, and must be operated by Aboriginal people. If they are governed by a board of directors, at least 51% of the directors must be Aboriginal people, and one of them must sign the application.

Project Eligibility

Project grants from this program may be used for:

  • national projects, where Aboriginal artists travel within Canada to collaborate with other prominent Aboriginal artists or arts groups, or
  • international projects, where Canadian Aboriginal artists travel to other countries to collaborate with prominent Indigenous artists from outside Canada. International projects may include bringing foreign Indigenous artists to Canada as part of the collaborative project.

Projects for professional artistic development, proposed by individual artists or arts groups, will be considered. However, projects that include public presentation may be given priority.

Projects must clearly be collaborative in nature and contribute to the development of the applicant’s artistic practice. The collaboration must be formalized between the applicant and the collaborator. The project description must identify the artistic practice at the core of the collaboration and include a written acknowledgement from the artist who is identified as the collaborator.

Further Information

Noël Habel
Program Officer
Aboriginal Arts Office

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4178

TTY: 1-866-585-5559