Aboriginal/Inuit Traditional Art Forms Program for Organizations
The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, including people with disabilities.
Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines [PDF, 498.1 KB].
This program supports Aboriginal and Inuit groups, collectives, cultural centres and other organizations to undertake activities that contribute to the knowledge, sharing, understanding and development of Aboriginal or Inuit traditional art forms.
For this program, the term “organization” is used in a general sense to include groups, collectives, cultural centres and other non-profit organizations.
The term “Aboriginal/Inuit traditional visual art forms” refers to activities by Aboriginal and Inuit organizations that are directed toward the research, dissemination and documentation of objects within Aboriginal/Inuit communities as well as the broader arts community. These activities involve high levels of technical knowledge and ability, and knowledge of materials and subject.
Through their work, artists who practice Aboriginal or Inuit traditional visual arts forms show their respect for and knowledge of the historical traditions and the development and context of their art form. They are committed to ensuring the survival of that knowledge for future generations.
15 October, 2016
If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day. Your completed application form and all required support material must be postmarked on or before the deadline date.
Aboriginal/Inuit organizations may apply for a maximum of $20,000. Grants can be used to cover travel, subsistence (maximum of $2,000 a month), equipment rental, and transcription and translation costs. Organizations may also apply for honorarium fees and administration costs related to the project.
Organizations may apply for grants of $3,000 to $20,000. The grants are intended for organizing either workshops, lecture series, publications, conferences and presenting exhibitions that contribute to the knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal/Inuit traditional visual art.
For books and catalogues published in collaboration with established publishers, only the pre-printing costs can be included in your grant request.
Applicants located in the Far North (north of the 60th
parallel) or in fly-in communities may apply for additional travel and accommodation costs. A maximum of $5,000 is available for these additional costs.
Who can apply to this program?
This program is open only to Aboriginal people of Canada, which the Canada Council defines as First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.
Organizations must be non-profit and operated by a board of directors consisting of a majority of Aboriginal or Inuit people. Groups, collectives, cultural centres and other organizations applying to this program must be operated by Aboriginal or Inuit people and must have the support and recognition of other arts service professionals and organizations.
What types of activities does this program support?
This program has two components, and they support the following activities.
Under this component, Aboriginal or Inuit organizations can apply for financial support to research the techniques and materials used traditionally by Aboriginal or Inuit peoples in the making and use of artworks. Research projects can include activities to prepare for the creation of artworks and activities to regain knowledge for the benefit of the Aboriginal/Inuit community at large.
Dissemination grants (sharing the knowledge)
Funding is available for organizing workshops, lecture series, conferences and round-tables that expand the knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal traditional visual arts forms.
Aboriginal/Inuit organizations may also apply for funding that will assist with the costs of producing documentation and publications about the history and contexts of Aboriginal or Inuit traditional art forms. Such documentation can include catalogues, anthologies, brochures and booklets, as well as videotapes and DVDs.
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