First Nation and Inuit Cultural Education Centres Program: National Program Guidelines 2017-2018
The First Nation and Inuit Cultural Education Centres Program (FNICECP) provides funding to First Nation and Inuit Cultural Education Centres on reserves or Inuit settlement regions to support the development and promotion of First Nations and Inuit cultural heritage.
The objective of the FNICECP is to support First Nation and Inuit communities in expressing, preserving, developing, revitalizing and promoting their culture, language and heritage, through the establishment and operation of First Nation and Inuit cultural education centres. It also ensures that culturally relevant programming and services are available to First Nation and Inuit students through cultural education centres. It will also contribute to an enhanced cultural environment and understanding within communities.
The program outcomes are:
- Revived traditional cultural skills among First Nations and Inuit people;
- Developed contemporary cultural skills among First Nations and Inuit people;
- First Nation and Inuit peoples’ knowledge and use of their traditional languages;
- Cross-cultural awareness in mainstream educational programs and institutions.
Key activities supported by the program include:
- Conduct and/or facilitate research into First Nation and Inuit heritage and culture;
- Develop or expand on First Nation or Inuit linguistic learning resources;
- Develop or expand on First Nation or Inuit learning resources other than linguistic learning resources;
- Develop and/or test culturally oriented educational curricula, methods and materials for use by established and other programs in schools;
- Develop and/or collect educational curricula for use by communities or the public;
- Develop new and more accurate information about First Nation or Inuit heritage, including historical material;
- Support a community cultural event or traditional ceremony;
- Support the operation of a community museum, library or gallery;
- Coordinate cultural education workshops;
- Support an activity which helps improve opportunities for the public to become knowledgeable about and sensitive to the historical and contemporary role of First Nation and Inuit people in Canada;
- Support an activity which helps to revive traditional skills;
- Support an activity which helps to develop contemporary cultural skills; and
- Manage proposal-based programs (for recipients who are funding delivery organizations for individual projects).
5. Eligible Recipients
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) directly funds First Nation and Inuit cultural education centres and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. INAC also funds the First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres, who manages and administers FNICECP funds for a majority of First Nation Cultural Education Centres.
6. Proposal Process
All funding for the FNICECP will be based on proposals approved by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). Applicants must submit detailed proposals for all the activities to be undertaken over the course of the agreement, clearly stating how the proposed activities will further the objectives, and respond to educational and community needs and expected results of this program.
Submission of Proposals
Only proposals submitted in the electronic proposal form issued by INAC will be considered for assessment. Refer to the proposal form and the attached instructions for application details. Incomplete proposals will be returned to applicants.
The information required in the proposal is available in the Reporting Guide. Recipients who have access to the INAC Services Portal can access the proposal form by opening a session on the Portal. If you do not have access to the Portal, contact your regional office, or if you are a national recipient, write to Education@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca.
Deadline for Submission of Proposals
All proposals will be assessed by the following criteria:
- Capability: The experience and capacity of the recipient (and identified project leader, where applicable) to manage the implementation of activities within their proposal successfully and complete the project/initiative in a timely manner;
- Consultation and Commitment: The extent to which the proposal has the support of relevant organizations and/or communities;
- Implementation Activities: The extent to which the proposal aligns with eligible activities and meets program objectives. The assessment process will consider timelines, cost-effectiveness, and the degree to which the activities will result in the expected outcomes;
- Project Management: How the initiative/project will be managed, including project governance, management of program scope, human resources, risk management, deliverables, and project monitoring, control and reporting; and
- Project Costs: A demonstration of a realistic assessment of estimated total costs and a justification of the level of funding required.
Any cultural education centre that has previously received funding from the FNICECP must report on how that funding met the commitments in their funding agreement and concretely addressed the approved proposal objectives and expected results of the program.
Note: Meeting these criteria does not guarantee funding from the FNICECP program.
Review and Approval of Proposals
INAC regional or headquarters staff will review and approve proposals. A written response will be sent to applicants to confirm whether, or not, their proposal has been approved for funding.
The First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres (FNCCEC) will review and approve proposals for recipients funded by them.
Funding will be available in the form of a Set contribution. In the case of the FNCCEC, funding will be available in the form of a Set contribution and a Fixed contribution.
7. Eligible Expenditures
Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to:
- Printing and publishing costs;
- Materials and Supplies;
- Elders/Guest speakers;
- Professional Services/Consulting Fees (including communications consulting and business services);
- Facility Rental (including equipment rentals, conference and meeting rooms);
- Travel within Canada;
Note for recipients: Travel expenses are to be claimed at actual cost, but cannot exceed Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s guidelines as specified in the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s Travel Directive in effect at the time of travel. Expenses which exceed the rates set for in the Directive will not be paid.
- Administration costs not exceeding 10% (see note below):
- Telephone/fax/internet connection;
- Costs associated with ensuring that personal information is appropriately managed and safeguarded during its collection, retention, use, disclosure, and disposal;
- Bookkeeping; and/or
- Audit, if required, (not to exceed $5,000);
- Other (Detailed explanation required).
Note: Administration Costs must not exceed 10% of the sub-total amount requested before administration costs. The program's Data Collection Instrument (DCI) will automatically calculate the amount.
Further distribution of funds by INAC's funding recipients: When a funding recipient further transfers, to a Third Party, funds that were received under this program, the 10% allowed for administration costs must be divided between the parties, as agreed to between the parties. The total administration costs retained by all parties must not exceed 10% of the sub-total amount requested before administration costs.
8. Ineligible Expenditures
Ineligible expenditures include, but are not limited to:
- Capital construction and renovation;
- Purchase of land or buildings;
- Stipends, allowances, honoraria for attendance in a course/activity;
- Contingency/miscellaneous fees;
- Deficit recovery;
- Interest or other bank charges;
- Amortisation expenses; and
9. Maximum Program Contribution
This program is proposal-driven and the level of funding is determined on a case-by-case basis, limited overall by total available funding and the number of proposals submitted.
10. Monitoring and Accountability
Funding recipients must deliver the programs in accordance with the provisions of their funding agreement and the program delivery requirements outlined in these National Program Guidelines while also ensuring that the necessary management controls are in place to manage funding and monitor activities. Funding recipients are required to exercise due diligence when approving expenditures and must ensure that such expenditures are in accordance with the eligible expenditures set out in these National Program Guidelines.
INAC is committed to providing assistance to recipients in order for them to effectively carry out obligations under these National Program Guidelines and funding agreements. Regional offices and other departmental contacts are available to answer questions and provide guidance related to INAC programs and funding.
To ensure that program delivery requirements are being met, that funds are expended on the intended purposes, and that INAC's accountability to Parliament is being met, activities including audits, evaluations, as well as desk and on-site compliance reviews will be conducted with all funding recipients.
- The Department’s collection and use of personal information and other records for the purposes of program compliance reviews will be limited to what is necessary to ensure program delivery requirements are met.
- The Department is responsible for all information and records in its possession. The confidentiality of the information will be managed by INAC in accordance with the Privacy Act and other related policies on privacy. Recipients are responsible for the protection of personal information per the privacy legislation, regulations and/or policies that govern them up to the point that it is transferred to INAC.
11. Reporting Requirements
The reporting requirements (program and financial reports) are listed in the recipient's funding agreement, and details on these requirements are available in the Reporting Guide. Recipients are responsible for ensuring that reporting requirements are met and reports are accurate and submitted on or before the established due dates. Recipients who have access to the Services Portal can access the reporting forms by opening a session on the Portal. If you do not have access to the Portal, contact your regional office, or if you are a national recipient, write to Education@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca.
12. Contact Information
For further program information please visit the First Nation and Inuit Cultural Education Centres Program page.
The regional offices coordinates can be found on the Regional Offices page.
You can also write to:
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
10 Wellington Street
GATINEAU QC K1A 0H4
These National Program Guidelines can be consulted in the Education Programs - National Program Guidelines page of INAC's website and through the View Instructions button on the first page of this program's Data Collection Instrument (DCI).
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