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This program funds projects and activities designed to improve the quality of education in First Nation schools and to enhance the educational experiences of students, teachers, administrators, parents and communities.
Budget 2016 is investing:
$275 million over five years to support First Nations language and culture. This targeted support is intended to improve the effectiveness of classroom instruction through curriculum and language development.
$30 million over five years to support the application of the latest education innovations to First Nations education. The 2017-2018 call for proposals for innovation activities is now closed.
$7.5 million over five years to support new Research, Measurement, Evaluation and Knowledge Transfer activities. The 2017-2018 call for proposals is now closed.
The 2017-2018 call for regular New Paths proposals from band councils or organizations designated by band councils is now closed. The deadline to submit a proposal was May 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).
With an annual budget of $50 million, New Paths funds a variety of school-based projects directly involving First Nations students, parents and caregivers, teachers and communities. Funds can also be provided to First Nation education authorities and regional education/management organizations to build capacity and develop governance for local schools. The level of funding for successful proposals is determined on a case-by-case basis, and depends overall on available funding both nationally and regionally.
Projects funded under New Paths are designed to produce long-term benefits that will improve education quality and academic achievement of First Nation students, including:
reduced teacher turnover
enhanced coordination and support of First Nation education programs and services
increased use and maintenance of First Nation languages
increased availability and use of culturally appropriate and relevant curricula
increased level of computer literacy
enhanced quality and quantity of data to monitor and improve academic progress
increased involvement of parents and communities in the education system
enhanced awareness of the importance of education to potential career paths
The specific objectives of the program are to:
strengthen First Nations education management and governance capacity by developing local and educational institutional capacity
improve the effectiveness of classroom instruction through curriculum and language development, improvements to instructional methods and school activities
support community and parental involvement in the education of children and youth
assist band-operated schools to recruit and retain qualified teachers and educators, and to provide them with professional development opportunities
enhance technical knowledge in schools
For 2017-2018, there are two additional calls for proposals for new activities beyond the regular New Paths program call described on this page with further specific objectives:
Applicants who have access to the INAC's Services Portal should use the electronic form by opening a session on the portal. If you do not have access to the portal, please contact your regional office to get access to the portal.
INAC reviews and approves proposals. All proposals are assessed by these criteria.