Previously selected projects 2015-2016

Through the Aboriginal Representative Organizations project funding process, the Government of Canada supports projects in seven priority areas that yield concrete results and promote healthy, more self-sufficient Aboriginal communities. The following projects were approved in 2015-2016.

Aboriginal Representative Organization Project Name/Details Project Funding
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) First Nations Connectivity: First Nations Household Access to Internet – Study and Planning for Data Collection

The AFN will assess the current status of connectivity among First Nations on reserve to help address connectivity needs. Survey results will include analysis of First Nations household internet access. 
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Moving Forward – a Better Approach to Income Assistance Delivery

Under the income assistance program, AFN will profile five to six First Nations communities with successful management practices and develop promotional material and outreach strategy to help individuals find employment.
Assembly of First Nations Québec – Labrador (AFNQL) Infrastructure and Housing – Capacity Development for Management and Governance

The AFNQL will maintain the activities of the regional tripartite housing committee and develop technical tools for First Nations. Access to technical services will be facilitated. The AFNQL will also support an annual housing conference.
Assembly of First Nations Québec – Labrador (AFNQL) Matrimonial Real Property Among First Nations in Québec – Where Are We at in Implementation?

In collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Matrimonial Real Property, the AFNQL will analyze issues and barriers in the implementation of Québec First Nations matrimonial property laws. The training material for the implementation of matrimonial real property in Québec will be adapted via a session delivery model. The objective is to align First Nations matrimonial real property laws with Québec Civil Code.
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) Manitoba First Nations Preparation to Implement the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act

The AMC will conduct meetings to facilitate the understanding of existing provincial regulations as the basis for future federal regulations. Focus group sessions will be held and recommendations on a regulatory development framework will be developed. A final report will be produced, including a summary of focus group discussions and the proposed framework for further regulatory development.
Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat (APC) First Nations Clean Water Initiative - Atlantic Region

The APC will create a tripartite agreement (INAC, APC and Dalhousie University) that will provide municipal-type water and wastewater services to participating First Nation communities in the Atlantic Region.
Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat (APC) Atlantic First Nations Housing Needs Assessment

The APC will complete an assessment of housing needs in all First Nations in Atlantic Canada based on the Assembly of First Nations Québec and Labrador's estimation for that region. The study will allow Atlantic Chiefs to have a unified stance on housing. The study will support Atlantic Chiefs to make informed decisions when addressing housing needs.
Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat (APC) Promoting Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Performance and Business Partnerships

The APC will engage with key participants to address barriers to Aboriginal economic development and partnerships, and knowledge integration and dissemination. Research will be conducted regarding rural and remote economic development and, critical success factors for First Nation businesses. Communications and promotional materials will also be produced.
Chiefs of Ontario Working Group on Compliance and Enforcement for Water Regulations in Ontario

The Chiefs of Ontario will engage and develop a suite of suitable options regarding the verification, enforcement and compliance mechanisms under the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act.
Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) CYFN Constitutional Review and Update

The CYFN will complete a constitutional review and update of their constitution and bylaws. The updated constitution and bylaws will be presented at a special general assembly for a vote by members.
Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) Men and Boys

The CAP will directly engage men and boys in awareness and prevention of violence against Aboriginal women and girls. Participants will include both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal men in leadership roles. As part of community engagement, men will be direct project participants, leading up to and during the November 19 National Day of Action for Men and Boys to end violence against Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.
Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) Aboriginal Community Capital Development

Through the 2014-2015 ARO process, the CAP funded and initiated an outreach program that supports finding new solutions to addressing social concerns without relying on government funding. This project is the second phase of this work aimed at delivering new partnerships and agreements, as well as nurturing the deliverables of last year's project to ensure that relationships established are maintained and yield tangible benefits.
Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) By the People, For the People: Grassroots Policy Development

Over the last two years, the CAP has engaged with off-reserve Aboriginal people in provinces and territories, to hear about the issues and concerns of its grassroots constituency. The project is the next phase of the grassroots engagement, and will build on the success of the first two years. It will focus on policy development through framework discussion workshops that will introduce the basic structure and function of the policy documents. Upon completion of the policies, the CAP will engage provincial and territorial Aboriginal Affairs ministries to further refine the policies. 
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Regional Water and Wastewater Regulatory Regime in Saskatchewan First Nations within a Technical Services Cooperative / Federated Cooperative Model

The FSIN will engage member First Nations and relevant stakeholders for input into the development of water regulations under the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act. The organization will consolidate stakeholder analysis on INAC technical documents and work with stakeholders on refining regulatory compliance and enforcement models.
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Entrepreneurship Training - Aboriginal Women and Youth

The FSIN will deliver five three-day seminars on entrepreneurship training in central locations to 75 Aboriginal women and youth. The most promising candidates will be chosen through a screening process, conducted by a consultant hired by the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Obtaining the Full Economic Potential of Urban "Indian Reserve" Lands

The FSIN will host an urban reserve development forum focusing on engaging municipalities, the province, INAC and First Nations business partners regarding potential economic opportunities from urban reserves. The project will compile information on best practices for urban reserve management and develop a strategy on advancing urban reserves.
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Unlocking the Economic Potential of the Growing "Indian Reserve" Land Base in Saskatchewan

This FSIN project will enhance First Nations knowledge of enabling legislations/regulatory instruments available to maximize economic benefits from reserve lands. It will do this by developing two workshops directed towards treaty land/specific claims First Nations and all reserve lands. Training packages will be compiled from the two workshops for all First Nations.
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) First Nations Continuing Care

The FSIN will complete three projects to advance continuing care on-reserve in Saskatchewan. These include a cost comparison of on and off reserve institutional care facilities and a pamphlet of federal and provincial programs available to assist seniors on and off reserve in Saskatchewan.
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Implementation of Alter-Natives Strategy: Youth Gang Awareness and Community Mobilization Project

The FSIN will implement the Alter-Natives Strategy which it developed after consultation with over 100 organizations and 400 First Nation community members from communities with higher rates of contact with gangs.
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Improving Services to Women and Children in Northern Saskatchewan

The FSIN will complete a scan focused specifically on direct services that address family violence and prevention in the North.
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Matrimonial Real Property Laws and Policies

The FSIN will perform an environmental scan of housing policies of Saskatchewan First Nations and work with the Centre of Excellence for Matrimonial Real Property to provide services where the need is identified. Concrete results include an environmental scan report to assess current housing policies, meeting with Chiefs and Tribal Councils to facilitate engagement with the Centre of Excellence for Matrimonial Real Property. A year-end report will be completed.
Grand Council Treaty 3 (GCT 3) GCT 3 Capacity Development and Accountability

The GCT 3 will create a central data source-library, including the development of a website where this information is housed and maintained. This will identify governance gaps among Grand Council Treaty 3 First Nation communities, and streamline projects.
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) Facilitate Business and Community Readiness for Aboriginal Participation in Major Economic Opportunities

The ITK will develop a national Inuit economic development strategy. It will leverage the Northern Lights bi-annual conference to create an Inuit economic and human capital forum, bringing together a large number of federal, provincial/territorial and Inuit representatives. 
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) Private Sector Business Needs Assessment Following Infrastructure Investments in Inuit Nunangat

The ITK will produce research to provide communities and governments with additional tools to prioritize their efforts in supporting economic development stemming from their participation in major projects.
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) Culturally Relevant Financial Literacy Toolkit for Inuit Youth and Youth Organizations

The ITK's project will support capacity building for Inuit youth in financial literacy and supports Government of Canada efforts to strengthen Aboriginal financial literacy.  A financial literacy toolkit will be developed and used at the ITK's annual conference and other meetings and symposiums. The toolkit will also be available online. 
$ 83,145
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) Inuit Food Security Initiatives Mapping Project

The ITK will develop an on-line resource designed to showcase the variety of food security projects in the Inuit regions. ITK will work with Inuit communities to identify best practices and create the online resource. Users of the resource will learn about different community initiatives, including community kitchens, community freezer programs, greenhouses, hunter support programs, food subsidy programs.
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) Research on Private Home Ownership in Inuit Nunangat

The ITK will conduct a comprehensive analysis of the development of a private housing market in Inuit communities. The analysis will include the development of discussion papers and engagement of experts and key stakeholders. Three discussion papers will be developed: Barriers to Home Ownership, Youth Perspectives on Home Ownership and Best Practices to Home Ownership.
Kitikmeot Inuit Association (KIA) Kitikmeot Community Beneficiary Committees:  Promoting Greater Effectiveness and Representation

The KIA will amend its community beneficiary committee structure and community consultations to ensure future committee appointments are drawn from community constituencies (men, women, youth and elders) and make the committee more representative of and accountable to its beneficiary population. As a result, each committee will assume a more prominent role in designing and delivering Aboriginal Representative Organization-sponsored community programs. The project also includes a review of how the community liaison officer role and responsibilities will change in light of the restructure. 
Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak "Women of the Métis Nation" (WMN) Métis Women's Perspective Matters

The WMN will work with the Métis National Council to implement the Métis Nation economic development action plan, advising on the accord's principles and working with other partners on policies, programs and partnerships. The project will ensure that the MNC secretariat implements gender based analysis to track progress, as well as ensure that key measurement indicators address the unique situation of Métis women. To support this initiative, an economic development portal will be developed for the organization's website.
Makivik Corporation Improving Inuit Participation in the Mining Industry

In collaboration with "Chaire de recherche sur le développement durable du Nord" – Université Laval, the Makivik Corporation will conduct a study to better understand what prevents the Nunavik Inuit from fully participating in the current mining economy through employment and business contracts.
Makivik Corporation Assessing Hydro Kinetic Resource Capabilities in Nunavik

The Makivik Corporation will conduct a feasibility study to assess hydro kinetic resource capabilities in Nunavik (i.e. the potential for underwater turbine technology). The project includes collaboration with the Hydro-Québec Research Institute.
Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Northern First Nations Housing Strategy

The MKO will create an assessment tool (report card) designed to target the housing needs of high-need First Nations. The creation of a northern housing strategy, including applicable housing authorities and enforcement of level of construction standards, is designed to address the shortened life cycle of housing units.
Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) Tripartite Self-Government Negotiations

The project extends ongoing tripartite support for the MMF, enabling the organization to continue implementation of its tripartite self-government negotiations steering committee strategic plan.
Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) Constitutional Reconciliation Capacity

The MMF will build on its 2014–2015 projects on the preparation for settlement discussions arising from the Supreme Court of Canada's MMF decision. MMF will engage Canada in without-prejudice exploratory discussions to begin to chart a way forward following the Supreme Court of Canada decision.
Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) Development of Infinity Women's Entrepreneurs Portal

The MMF will develop an internet portal to assist Manitoba Métis women who are interested in developing a business or expanding their existing businesses. The portal will include an extensive number of information resources designed to assist Métis women and ensure that the AANDC-funded Aboriginal Financial Institutions for Métis people are providing information and services that meet the needs of Métis women. 
Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) Manitoba Métis Federation Strategic Plan Project

The MMF will enhance governance systems and strengthen accountability to its citizens and stakeholders through implementation of priority strategic initiatives. This project will facilitate the implementation of the organization's strategic plan in 2015-2016.
Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) Manitoba Métis Federation Central Registry Office Operations

The MMF will maintain operations of its membership and harvester registries and membership appeal tribunal for 2015-2016. The project would also enable the MMF Central Registry Office to populate their historical documents database. It will augment staffing levels to address the growing number in membership/harvester applications in due to residency changes in the Constitution.
Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) On-Site Project Management  Planning Training

The MMF will provide a three-day training session focusing on the need to use industry standard project management best practices for economic and environmental project initiation, project conception, definition, planning, and implementation and close-out phases. In addition, it will examine the influence of the organization on project successes, as well as the impact internal and external partners have on project scope, budgets and schedules.
Metis Nation of Alberta (MNA) Improving Socio-Economic Outcomes Through Partnerships

The MNA project, which includes matching funds from Alberta, will implement a tripartite work plan that covers five areas: innovation and economic development, health and social wellbeing, communications and community engagement, strategic partnership development, and culture and heritage.   
Metis Nation of Alberta (MNA) Métis Identification Registry

The MNA will maintain operations of its Métis Identification Registry. This project will help to ensure that an effective and efficient registry system is in place to process the applications for Métis membership in Alberta. In addition, the MNA will work with a variety of provincial partners and stakeholders to use the identification components of this registry to support its population in accessing eligible programs and services and in identifying priority areas for collaboration with provincial and regional partners.

Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC)
Economic Development Research Project

The MNBC will support sound policy development and decision making on the establishment of a Métis-owned and controlled business lending organization. The project consists of two phases. The first entails a viability study on the development of a Métis capital corporation. The analysis will determine if a Métis capital corporation will increase access to capital for prospective and established Métis businesses and help them succeed in their business goals. The second phase includes a business case for the establishment of a Métis-owned and controlled business lending organization.
Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) Membership System, Governance and Accountability

The MNBC will maintain operations of the MNBC citizenship registry, helping to ensure an effective and efficient registry system is in place to process the applications for MNBC from Métis people in British Columbia. This project would also help ensure MNBC governance and accountability remains strong and transparent, a key requirement for effective functioning of the registry. The project will help cover portions of costs related to the Board of Directors meetings and Métis Nation Governing Assembly. This project will also help strengthen governance within MNBC chartered communities, through a pilot project initiative to improve the communities' governance, fundraising abilities and planning.
Metis National Council (MNC) Métis Nation Protocol Implementation

The MNS is seeking funding for policy and operational capacity to participate in Métis Nation Protocol discussions that are focused on implementing various aspects of the Protocol. This project would enable the Métis National Council to engage with Governing Members, Federal Ministers and officials, provincial government representatives (on multilateral subject areas), parliamentary committees, and non-governmental organizations and agencies where appropriate.
Metis National Council (MNC) Métis Nation Economic Development Action Plan

The Métis Nation Economic Development Action Plan will enable the organization and the Government of Canada to jointly pursue the development of a long-term Métis economic development strategy pursuant to the Métis Economic Development Accord signed by the MNS and Government of Canada on March 18, 2015.
Metis National Ontario (MNO) Developing and Maintaining an Objective and Verifiable Métis Identification System

The MNO will maintain operations of the MNO registry, helping to ensure an effective and efficient registry system is in place to process applications from Métis individuals in Ontario. Over the past six years, the MNO has been building the human resource capacity required to meet the challenges of creating an objectively verifiable membership system. Computer hardware and software required for operation of the registry will be replaced. In addition, the organization will conduct genealogical research to identify root families.
Metis National Ontario (MNO) Improving the Socio-Economic Outcomes for Métis and Non-Status Indians Through Partnerships with the Provinces

This MNS project includes activities in support of the ongoing tripartite relationship with INAC and the province of Ontario. Deliverables will include a three-year strategic plan to strengthen the organization's governance, a three-year economic development strategy to assist in creating own source revenues, and a "what we heard" report based on the feedback received during the community consultations. Activities will include training for up to 10 youth in small businesses skills and matched with a Métis business owner to gain knowledge and experience and up to three Métis youth job fairs held with industry targeted at Métis youth employment opportunities in the resource sector.
Metis National Ontario (MNO) Infinity Investments - Supporting Concrete Action on Economic Development or Strengthening of Own Source Revenues

The MNO will start up Infinity Investments LP, an independent and arms-length corporation mandated to pursue business and economic development opportunities on behalf of Ontario Métis at the provincial, regional and local levels.
Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI (MCPEI) Building Effective Economic Development Partnerships

The MCPEI will build a foundation towards effective partnerships with government and the private sector. Activities will include a business analysis of First Nations-owned lands and of additions to reserve for economic development purposes, developing models for effective partnerships, and development of business negotiation capacity.
Native Alliance of Québec (NAQ) Building Our Future

The NAQ's own-source revenues project aims to take advantage of in-house Aboriginal housing expertise to create a technical group which would assist the Québec Housing Corporation and others, by sharing a newly created expertise in Aboriginal housing for the elderly. The establishment of the technical group on Aboriginal housing lead to the development of business relations with a number of public and private stakeholders, including the Québec Government.
Native Council of Nova Scotia (NCNS) Zone Governance

The NCNS will produce a concise zone governance guide, detailing the duties of each zone executive (board of director, alternate board of director, president, vice president, secretary and treasurer) as well as the responsibilities of individual members.
Native Council of Nova Scotia (NCNS) Housing Development

The NCNS will further housing development. The housing developer will work with the organization and Wenjikwom Housing Commission Society to increase housing available to the off-reserve Mi'kmaq/Aboriginal Peoples of Nova Scotia. The housing developer will work with all levels of government and business to develop projects that will work towards increasing the housing capacity for Wenjikwom Housing Commission. 
Native Council of Nova Scotia (NCNS) Aboriginal Trades Project

This NCNS project will increase the number of Aboriginal People trained and retained in the designated skilled trades in the Halifax Regional Municipality and will work to ensure that individuals in the trades gain fulfilling apprenticeship training and future employment.
Native Council of Prince Edward Island (NCPEI) Enhancing Governance and Accountability

The NCPEI will revise and update all of its guiding documents, so that all governance documents (such as policies and procedures, strategic plan, operational plan, financial policies and procedures), support each other, as well as support the organization's direction.
Native Council of Prince Edward Island (NCPEI) Expanding Fishing Opportunities

The NCPEI will develop opportunities related to the fisheries industry for the off-reserve Aboriginal population in PEI. The project includes the development of an advisory group and Aboriginal skills and employment training strategy which will provide feedback, expertise and evaluate its effectiveness in successfully expanding fishing opportunities for L'nu Fisheries and NCPEI members.
Native Council of Prince Edward Island (NCPEI) Research Policy and Ethics Application

This research ethics project will assist the NCPEI to develop meaningful research partners, establish clear guidelines to protect Aboriginal traditional knowledge and ensure there is some benefit to the membership as a result of research studies. 
Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) AWBEN Boot Camp – Inspire, Educate, Empower

The NWAC project will provide in-person mentorship, monthly circles, expert helpline telephone calls, in-person meetings for numerous participants, videos and various interventions and resources to meet the needs of women at different stages of entrepreneurship. 
Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) AWBEN: Center for Social Innovation and Acceleration

The NWAC project includes in-person mentorships and monthly circles for 30 women in six urban areas nationally. The grant program will be funded from non-governmental sources to assist one or more of the 30 women.
Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) Phase Two of Activating Social Change Through Awareness and New Tool Generation

The NWAC will create a facilitator's guide for Aboriginal communities and frontline workers, to increase the safety of Aboriginal women and their children who are experiencing domestic violence.
Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) Project Uplift - A Capacity Building Program for Aboriginal Women

The NWAC and the Indigenous Women's Fund of Canada, with training from the Living Centre, will deliver seven one-day workshops that focus on skill-building for self-care, self-esteem and healing. A guide for well-being will be developed for women participating in the project. The final guide for well-being will also be distributed electronically and in hard copy, with the goal of reaching 5,000 women across Canada.
New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council (NBAPC) Supporting and Empowering Aboriginal Women Entrepreneurs

The NBAPC project follows up on a 2014-2015 Women In Business project. The project will develop external support mechanisms and processes, as well as a marketing workshop that will help Aboriginal women improve their economic development endeavors for themselves and their respective First Nation communities.
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) NAN Housing and Intra-Community Infrastructure

The NAN proposes to collect new and existing data and develop strategic/action plans for housing and water/wastewater within its territory.
NunatuKavut Community
Council (NCC)
New Customers, New Business, New Revenue - Increasing Source Revenues

The NCC will develop a business plan and business evaluation for the acquisition of a hotel business. As well, a scan of potential business acquisitions will be conducted and evaluated.
NunatuKavut Community
Council (NCC)
Organizational Stability through Improved Governance and Accountability

The NCC will provide training for NunatuKavut's President and Chief Executive Officer on improved governance functions and financial management practices, as well as creating a business continuity plan.
Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada Opportunities for Inuit Businesswomen in Major Projects

The Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada will build on previously funded research focused on gaps and opportunities for Inuit women business owners around major projects. It offers concrete and practical solutions and initiatives. The project looks at both large procurement opportunities and the supply chain.
Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada Enhancing the Safety and Security of Inuit Women and Girls Phase II

The Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada will develop an Inuit-specific national family violence prevention awareness campaign. Activities and deliverables will expand key messages developed last year and increase outreach to target audiences by gender and age cohorts. The organization will also develop an online clearing house/compendium of existing Inuit-specific violence prevention resources that will be broadly promoted through social media. The organization will also hold two workshops to bring together local experts to discuss and address trends and priorities in family violence prevention.
Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada Building Inuit Women's Financial Stability

The Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada will build upon existing resources to create targeted financial literacy resources and training for Inuit women that will enable greater money management knowledge and skills, leading to greater participation in major economic opportunities.
Southern Chiefs Organization Inc. (SCO) Capacity Building - New Paths

The SCO will use the recommendations of an existing audit to update its constitution and financial and human resource policies. The project will provide training for 20 member First Nations and the SCO committee, to develop capacity in finance and human resources.
Treaty 7 First Nations Chiefs Association Treaty 7 Chiefs Maintenance Management Plan

The Treaty 7 Chiefs Association will complete assessments of all on-reserve schools in the Treaty 7 area, to develop and implement maintenance management plans for each school in the Treaty 7 area.
Tungasuvvingat Inuit Training to Support Sustainable Funding for Tungasuvvingat Inuit

The Tungasuvvingat Inuit will assess funding sources, develop a sustainable funding strategy and improve operations and internal governance capacity. The project includes three phases that deliver a complete environmental scan of Tungasuvvingat Inuit's current operations, a draft sustainable funding strategy with revenue generation training materials and the training of staff and board members.
Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) Economic Development Capacity Building for the Anishinabek Nation/UOI

The UOI will continue work undertaken in relation to the implementation of the Anishinabek Nation's economic blueprint, which will bring its membership a step closer to the creation of a revenue generating institute. Deliverables will include a framework that examines governance, accountability, and due diligence in addition a resource availability study to determine potential sources for capital investment. An Anishinabek Nation resource development success stories booklet will also be produced to identify successful projects that are contributing to First Nation economies within the Anishinabek Nation.
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