First Nation and Inuit Cultural Education Centres Program

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)'s First Nation and Inuit Cultural Education Centres Program (CECP) provides funding to help preserve and strengthen unique First Nation and Inuit cultures, traditions and languages.  

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About the program

This program supports First Nation and Inuit communities in expressing, preserving, developing, revitalizing and promoting their culture, language and heritage, through the creation and operation of First Nation and Inuit cultural education centres. The program helps make relevant cultural programming and services available to First Nations and Inuit students through cultural education centres. The program funds about 100 First Nation and 8-10 Inuit centres on a yearly basis.

The goal of the program is to:

Who can apply?

First Nation and Inuit cultural education centres, member centres supported under the First Nation Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres (FNCCEC), and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

Inuit cultural education centres and the Inuit Tapirrit Kanatami may also be eligible to apply for the Inuit Cultural Education Centres Grant Program.


The deadline to submit proposals is May 7, 2017.

How to apply?

Applicants must submit a detailed proposal clearly indicating how the proposed project will meet the goals of the program and respond to educational and community needs.

The level of funding for successful proposals is determined on a case-by-case basis, and depends on the number of proposals submitted and total available funding.

INAC reviews and approves proposals, and the First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres reviews and approves proposals for recipient centres funded by them.

Please follow the instructions in the First Nation and Inuit Cultural Education Centres Program: National Program Guideline 2017-2018.

A sample proposal form shows what information is required to apply. Only electronic forms are accepted. If you have access to the INAC Services Portal you can get the electronic form by opening a session on the portal. If you do not have access to the portal, please contact your INAC regional office to get access to the portal.

All proposals will be assessed by this criteria.

To find out more, contact INAC by email at or by telephone at 1-800-567-9604 and ask to speak to an Education officer.

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