Elder and Youth Legacy Program
The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from people with disabilities.
Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines [PDF, 425 KB].
Through this program, Aboriginal arts organizations can help Elders pass on the many art forms being practiced to the next generation.
The program will also increase the Canada Council’s capacity to serve Aboriginal Elders of this country, giving them opportunities to work with youth and pass on their legacy of artistic practice.
Generally, projects should be designed as follows; the organization will choose the Elder who will work with their youth. That Elder will then help to decide the number of young people he or she will work with, and will help to select them.
Strong applications will demonstrate a clear link between the Elders, participants, the artistic practice being shared, and the expenses to be covered by the grant.
If either date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.
You may request up to $20,000.
Note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.
It is strongly recommended that potential applicants speak to an Officer in the Aboriginal Arts Office to confirm their eligibility before submitting their request.
Organizations applying to this program must be Aboriginal or have Aboriginal artists as a majority of their members. These artists must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
The organization’s artistic direction must also be provided by Aboriginal artists of Canada. At least 51 percent of the directors on their board must be Aboriginal people, and one of these directors must sign the application. In Canada, Aboriginal peoples include First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.
Organizations must show an ongoing commitment to Aboriginal arts. The organization must show that the Elder and Aboriginal youth participants have helped to develop the project outline, goals and objectives, and that they have set a timeline that works for them.
- First Nations Band Councils
- Educational Institutions (schools, universities)
Aboriginal Arts Office
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4178