Indian Government Support


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Three Indian Government Support (IGS) programs for First Nations people and organizations make up Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada's (AANDC) principal governance and administrative support. The Band Support Funding (BSF) grant is available to all First Nations recognized under the Indian Act. The other two - Tribal Councils Funding and the Band Employee Benefits Program - are programs targeted to address specific individual and organizational needs and are intended to complement the Band Support Funding.

Band Support Funding

This grant assists Band Councils to meet administrative costs associated with local government and the delivery of AANDC-funded services. This support is intended to provide a stable funding base to facilitate effective community governance and the efficient delivery of services. Band Support Funding allows First Nation communities the flexibility to allocate funds according to their individual needs and priorities.

Tribal Council Funding

This program provides core funding to Tribal Councils for the delivery of shared programs and services to their member First Nations. Tribal Council Funding ensures that First Nations have more decision-making power and control over the delivery of shared programs and services that were previously delivered by AANDC.

Tribal Council Funding is provided to formally incorporated Tribal Councils and enables them to provide member First Nations with the following advisory services:

  • Financial management
  • Band government support
  • Economic development

Band Employee Benefits (BEB) Program

The Band Employee Benefits Program provides funding for eligible Indian employers, First Nation Councils or Tribal Councils to pay the employer's share of contributions to pension and benefit plans for eligible employees.

This funding is only applicable to First Nation or Tribal Council employees funded through AANDC.