Grant Name: Indigenous Guardians Pilot


Currently Closed



An application process for First Nations Guardians Initiatives (Tiers 1, 2, and 3) in 2022-2023 will be open from Monday, November 22, 2021, until Monday, January 10, 2022 (23:59 PST)


In Budget 2017, the Government of Canada announced $25 million over four years to support an Indigenous Guardians Pilot. This program provides Indigenous Peoples with a greater opportunity to exercise responsibility in stewardship of their traditional lands, waters, and ice. The Pilot supports Indigenous rights and responsibilities in protecting and conserving ecosystems, developing, and maintaining sustainable economies, and continuing the profound connections between the Canadian landscape and Indigenous culture.

In Budget 2021, the Government of Canada announced up to $100 million over five years (2021-2026) to support new and existing Indigenous Guardians initiatives and to support the development of Indigenous Guardians Networks for First Nations, Inuit and Métis through the Pilot’s distinctions-based governance structure.


Indigenous communities, Indigenous Nations, governments, and representative organizations are eligible for funding under the Pilot Program.

Eligible activities

Indigenous Guardians

The kinds of activities eligible for the Indigenous Guardians funding include, but are not limited to:

  • Gathering and application of Indigenous laws, teachings, and knowledge.
  • Maintenance and support of Indigenous relationships with lands, waters, animals, and plants.
  • Capacity building, outreach, education and training of Indigenous youth, tourists, and community members.
  • Emergency response.
  • Data collection and monitoring related to the use of lands, waters, and other earthly gifts on traditional territories, including cultural sites.
  • Species and habitat identification, monitoring and protection.
  • Habitat stewardship for maintenance and improvement of ecosystem services.
  • Conservation, land use and land relationship planning; and
  • Enforcement and compliance support through observation, recording, and reporting.

How to Apply?

If you are an eligible organization and have not received the Application Package via email, please contact the Indigenous Guardians Pilot Secretariat at:

Funding Amount

Funding is available for one fiscal year (2022-2023) and must be spent by March 31, 2023.

The maximum allocation per project, for activities to be completed by March 31, 2023, is as follows:

    • Tier 1: $50,000/year
    • Tier 2: $175,000/year
    • Tier 3: $250,000/year

Processing Fee





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