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Resources for Indigenous Artists and Organizations – National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History month, and  June 21st  is National Indigenous people’s day.

This is a time to encourage critical thinking and reflection about the place of Indigenous peoples and culture within the arts community across Canada and Quebec which is home to numerous Indigenous nations and communities. This includes the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation who is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which ELAN operates from Tiohtià:ke/Montréal (For more information about the land you may be a guest on visit Native-Land.ca).

ELAN has put together this article to summarize some of the opportunities available for Indigenous artists to continue contributing to the arts community in Quebec, but also to help break down some of the barriers Indigenous artists may face as a marginalized group in an effort to allow better access to funding and resources to help support Indigenous artists, and their projects. Below the Funding Opportunities section, you will find a selection of Calls for Submissions. We regularly update our Job Opportunities and Calls for Submissions pages with new postings, so keep an eye on those pages for more opportunities.

 

 

Funding Opportunities:

 

From Le Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec (CALQ):

Inuit and First Nations Arts – Development of Organizational Capacities
This program contributes to the growth, recognition and appreciation of Inuit and First Nations artists and arts, and encourages the reappropriation and transfer of traditional knowledge and Inuit and First Nations languages and art, as well as their continued development. It does so by supporting Indigenous arts organizations in initiatives, development, and consolidation.

Intended for, Inuit and First Nations arts organizations. Funding amount, 75% of eligible project expenses. Any artistic discipline. Deadline Rolling (apply at least 4 weeks in advance of your project start date).
Click here for more details on the CALQ website OR here to view  ELAN’s English translation

Inuit and First Nations Arts – Revitalization, Creation, and, Transmission
This program seeks to contribute to the knowledge, recognition, and promotion of Inuit and First Nations artists and the Inuit and First Nations arts, as well as to foster the reappropriation and transmission of traditional Inuit and First Nations knowledge, languages and arts, in addition to their development.

Intended for Inuit and First Nations arts organizations. Funding amount 75% of eligible project expenses.  Any artistic discipline. Deadline Rolling (apply at least 4 weeks in advance of your project start date)
Click here for more details on the  CALQ website OR here to view  ELAN’s English translation

Inuit and First Nations Arts – Microgrants
This program aims to support the Inuit and First Nations arts community in Québec in its quest for reappropriation, reconstruction and development, contributing to the knowledge, recognition and promotion of Inuit and First Nations artists and the Inuit and First Nations arts. It fosters the reappropriation and transmission of traditional knowledge, languages and arts and facilitates the early career and professional development of Inuit and First Nations artists. This microgrant program is distinguished by a streamlined application/evaluation process and an expedited processing/response time.

Intended for Inuit and First Nations artists and collectives. Funding amount $3,000. Any artistic discipline. Deadline Rolling (apply at least 4 weeks in advance of your project start date)
Click here for details 

Inuit and First Nations Arts – Revitalization, Creation and Transmission

This program aims to support the Inuit and First Nations arts community in Québec in its quest for reappropriation, reconstruction and development, contributing to the knowledge, recognition and promotion of Inuit and First Nations artists and the Inuit and First Nations arts. It fosters the reappropriation and transmission of traditional knowledge, languages and arts and facilitates the early career and professional development of Inuit and First Nations artists.

Intended for Inuit and First Nations artists and collectives. Funding amount up to $50,000. Any artistic discipline. Deadline Rolling (apply at least 4 weeks in advance of your project start date)
Click here for details
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From Le Conseil des arts de Montréal

CultivART program 

Organization Component: Is your organization interested in broadening its artistic activities while providing work experience to artists and emerging Indigenous cultural workers? Host an Indigenous intern accompanied by a mentor. Paid internships offer established arts and culture organizations an opportunity to host emerging Indigenous artists and cultural workers.

Intended for Indigenous or non-Indigenous arts and culture organizations interested in hosting an intern. Funding amount $20,000
Any artistic discipline. Deadline: September 28, 2022
Click here for details

Mentor Component: Do you want to share your experiences and knowledge with emerging Indigenous artists or cultural workers? This program offers you the chance to become a paid mentor for an intern working in an established, Indigenous or non-Indigenous arts organization.

Intended for Mentors must be Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis of Canada) or racialized and:
be Elders recognized by their community have professional experience in arts and culture organizations be Indigenous or racialized cultural leaders recognized within their communities.  Mentors will receive a fee of up to $5,000 for approximately 150 hours at an hourly rate of $33.33. Any artistic discipline. Deadline: September 28, 2022
Click here for details

Intern Component: Are you interested in developing your career as an Indigenous artist or cultural worker? This program offers paid internships in established arts organizations, providing an exciting opportunity to gain experience in a professional cultural setting and receive the support of a mentor. The internship consists of 650 hours including meetings with the mentorIntended for Indigenous artists and cultural workers. Funding amount: $12,500 will be paid to the host organization to pay the intern (equivalent to $19.23 per hour) Any artistic discipline. Deadline: September 28, 2022
Click here for details
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From la Ministère de la Culture et des Communications

Indigenous Cultural Development Program

Section 1: Indigenous Cultural Development Agreement: This program aims to increase the number of Indigenous Cultural Development Agreements signed and to strengthen those already in place, with a view to increasing the number of cultural projects implemented on the territory of each Nation and thus contributing to the increased cultural vitality of the NationsIntended for organizations or political entities responsible for ensuring the cultural development of a single nation and designated as such by its members organizations dedicated to Indigenous cultural development in Quebec. Funding amount 50% of eligible expenses, up to $250,000 per year. Any artistic discipline. Deadline: rolling
Click here for details English translation coming soon

Section 2: Agreement for the Hiring of Indigenous Cultural Development Officers: This agreement aims to support the hiring and training of development officers in Indigenous communities in order to ensure the deployment of expertise in Indigenous cultural development within the communities and to form new partnerships between the communities and the Ministry.
Intended for Inuit, Cree or Naskapi band councils and communities. Funding amount Up to $40,000 for the hiring of a cultural development officer
Up to $5,000 in additional funds for activities to be carried out by the cultural development officer Any artistic discipline. Deadline Rolling

Click here for details English translation coming soon

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From the Canada Council for the Arts

Creating, Knowing and Sharing

Travel: The Travel component of Creating, Knowing and Sharing funds First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists, arts/cultural professionals (including artists’ representatives), cultural carriers, artistic groups, collectives and organizations working in all disciplines. Grants support travel costs to attend significant events within Canada or abroad that advance your professional development, enable you or the artists you represent to access new markets or build national and international presence. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to speak to a Program Officer before applying.
Intended for First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists, groups, cultural professionals or organizations. Funding amount up to $30,000. Any artistic discipline. Deadline any time before your departure date
Click here for details

Small-Scale Activities: The Small-Scale Activities component of Creating, Knowing and Sharing funds activities that will advance your artistic career or practice. This may include acquiring materials for artistic production, engaging in career or artistic development activities or benefitting from specific expertise, advice or training from a professional artist or cultural carrier. This component is open to First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, artistic groups, collectives and organizations working in all disciplines. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to speak to a Program Officer before applying.Intended for First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists, groups, cultural professionals or organizations. Funding amount up to $3,000. Any artistic discipline. Deadline any time before the start date of your project
Click here for details

Short-Term Projects: The Short-Term Projects component of Creating, Knowing and Sharing funds First Nations, Inuit and Métis professional and aspiring artists, cultural carriers, arts/cultural professionals, groups, collectives and arts/culture organizations. Grants provide support for any combination of eligible Creating, Knowing and Sharing activities for projects lasting up to 12 months. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to speak to a Program Officer before applying. You can apply for any combination of eligible Creating, Knowing and Sharing activities lasting up to 12 months
Intended for First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists, groups, cultural professionals or organizations. Funding amount up to $100,000. Any artistic discipline. Deadline: June 15, 2022; September 21, 2022; December 7, 2022; March 15, 2023
Click here for details

Long-Term Projects: The Long-Term Projects component of Creating, Knowing and Sharing funds First Nations, Inuit and Métis professional artists, cultural carriers, arts/cultural professionals, groups, collectives and arts/culture organizations. Grants provide support for any combination of eligible Creating, Knowing and Sharing activities for projects lasting between 1 and 3 years. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to speak to a Program Officer to determine project eligibility before applying. You can apply for any combination of eligible Creating, Knowing and Sharing activities lasting between 1 and 3 years
Intended for First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists, groups, cultural professionals or organizations. Funding amount up to $300,000. Any artistic discipline. Deadline: June 15, 2022
Click here for details

Indigenous Organizations: The Indigenous Organizations component of Creating, Knowing and Sharing funds First Nations, Inuit and Métis organizations that engage in contemporary, customary or traditional artistic and cultural activities. These activities can include non-Indigenous artists and collaborations with non-Indigenous organizations. Grants support the exploration of innovative strategies for Indigenous creative and cultural expression, and related administrative activities. First-time applicants must speak with a Creating, Knowing and Sharing Program Officer before applying to this component.
Intended for Indigenous publishers, arts service organizations or other not-for-profit organizations. Funding amount varies depending on applicant category, Category A or B: up to 60% of total annual revenues, averaged over the last 3 years, Category C or D: up to $100 000 per year. Any artistic discipline. Deadline: To be determined
Click here for details

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From the Canada Media Fund

Indigenous Program: Development and Predevelopment
The Indigenous Program which forms part of the CMF’s Convergent Stream supports the growth of Indigenous production. The CMF recognizes the unique circumstances of the Indigenous production community. Eligible Projects in the Indigenous Program must be convergent, meaning: they must have an eligible Television Component and accompanying multi-platform content that meets the criteria (see full program guidelines). Eligible Projects under this Program are administered under a selective process where the CMF evaluates applications according to an Evaluation Grid. Eligible Projects may receive funds subject to per-project Maximum Contribution amounts and other specified limitations.
Intended for for-profit production companies with majority ownership and control by one or more First Nations, Inuit or Métis persons. Funding amount, Development: up to 50% (or 75% for a Regional Development Project) of eligible costs, to a maximum of $200,000, Predevelopment: up to 75% of eligible costs, or $25,000, whichever is less. Artistic Discipline: Film and television production. Deadline December 6, 2022
Click here for details

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From Telefilm Canada

Development Program: Indigenous Stream
This financing stream supports the development of scripts from Indigenous writers and producers for feature film projects.
Intended for incorporated Indigenous companies. Funding amount $25,000. Artistic Discipline: Film and television production. Deadline To Be Determined. 
Click here for details

Production Program: Indigenous Stream
The Indigenous Stream of the Production Program supports the production of Indigenous projects with budgets above $250,000.

Intended for production companies that are majority-owned and controlled by Indigenous persons. Funding amount variable. Artistic Discipline: Film and television production. Deadline: August 31, 2022
Click here for details

Theatrical Documentary Program: Indigenous Stream
The Indigenous Stream of the Documentary Program supports the production of Indigenous documentary projects with budgets above $400,000.
Intended for production companies that are majority-owned and controlled by Indigenous persons. Funding amount variable. Artistic Discipline: Film and television production. Deadline: to be determined
Click here for details

Talent to Watch: Filmmaker Apply-Direct Stream
The Talent to Watch Program helps first-time feature filmmakers finance their microbudget project (budget ranging between $150,000 and $500,000). Under this stream, emerging filmmakers who are: Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Women, Gender-diverse and 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals, Persons with disabilities and/or members of Official Language Minority Communities will be able to submit an application directly to Telefilm.
Intended For: first-time feature filmmakers. All members of the key creative team must be Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Women, Gender-diverse, 2SLGBTQ2+, Persons with disabilities and/or members of an Official Language Minority Community. Key members of the creative teams of all submitted projects must be emerging talent: they must have previously produced, directed and/or written at least one short film, but cannot have previously held the same key position in a feature-length film. Funding amount up to $250,000 for fiction feature films or$150,000 for feature length documentaries. Artistic Discipline: Film and television production. Deadline: to be determined
Click here for details

Industry Partner Stream: Indigenous Component
The Talent to Watch Program helps first-time feature filmmakers finance their microbudget project (budget ranging between $150,000 and $500,000). Under this stream, financing is given to projects chosen from those

Intended for first-time feature filmmakers. All key members of the project’s creative team (producer, writer and director) must be Indigenous
Key members of the creative teams of all submitted projects must be emerging talent: they must have previously produced, directed and/or written at least one short film, but cannot have previously held the same key position in a feature-length film. Funding amount up to $250,000 for fiction feature films or$150,000 for feature length documentaries. Artistic Discipline: Film and television production. Deadline: to be determined
Click here for details

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Calls for Submission:

 

Le Livart – Indigenous artist residency (Deadline June 30)

Livart, with the support of the Indigenous arts committee of Conseil des arts de Montréal, is opening its first residency for an indigenous artist, which will take place from September 1 to November 30, 2022.

The selected artist will have exclusive access to an individual studio space, which they will be able to access at all times and in which they will be able to create and do research related to their artistic practice.

Click here for more details

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Montréal, arts interculturels (MAI) – Alliance Program (Deadline July 8)

A unique support program conceived for artists from all fields who encounter systemic and structural obstacles. The program strives to eliminate barriers to their full participation in the arts by offering customized financial allocations and guidance that are adapted to the learning and creative needs and desires of each participant.

MAI invites proposals from racialized artists (including recently immigrated artists), Indigenous artists (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), Deaf artists and artists living with disabilities or chronical diseases, neurodiverse or differently-abled artists, and/or artists who are members of 2SLGBTQQIPAA+ communities.

Click here for more details

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N’we Jinan Artworks Canada (Deadline August 1)

N’we Jinan ArtWorks Exploring Creative Pathways with Indigenous Youth is a three-year program designed to meet young, Indigenous creatives where they’re at and support them in where they want to go. ArtWorks participants will be gaining work experience in the creative sector, sharpening their entrepreneurial skills, connecting with creatives from coast to coast, and growing alongside a network of other young, Indigenous creatives.

Click here for details

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Montreal Improv’s Inclusion Scholarship program (Ongoing)

This program exists to remove access barriers and increase representation in the classroom, particularly for individuals who are BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+, as well as those with disabilities.

At least one full class scholarship will be made available for each class. Applicants will be informed ahead of time via email.

Click here for more details

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Teesri Duniya Theatre Database

Teesri Duniya database submissions are now open. Teesri exists to produce and present bold, groundbreaking and culturally diverse plays that encourage conversation. We are dedicated to amplifying and supporting diverse voices, both through the arts and community engagement. Our database is committed to providing these voices with the visibility they need to be discovered by companies and other creatives/activists not only in Montreal but all across Canada.

Click here for more details

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To request a free consultation to discuss your eligibility for any of these programs, or to request free grant-writing assistance for any Quebec-based grant listed below, please contact research@quebec-elan.org.