Grants to Aboriginal Peoples: Writers Residencies
The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, including people with disabilities.
If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.
Please refer to the Program Guidelines for detailed information.
The Grants to Aboriginal Peoples program has three components:
- Writers and Storytellers
- Writers Residencies
The Writers and Storytellers and the Publishers components have separate guidelines and forms.
The Writers Residencies component of the program is an initiative of the Writing and Publishing Section of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Aboriginal Arts Department of The Banff Centre and Les éditions Hannenorak.
Successful English-language applicants will participate in a two-week, intensive writing program at The Banff Centre, in Alberta, as well as in an online program. Successful French-language applicants will participate in a two-week intensive writing program in Québec.
The program will be led by established Aboriginal writers. It is designed to refresh and refine the writing skills of successful applicants, and includes instructional workshops, individual studio writing time, guest speakers, Internet and archival research, within a cultural context.
Eligibility of Applicant
To apply to the Canada Council for the Arts, you must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You do not need to be living in Canada when you apply.
You must be First Nation, Métis or Inuk.
For this component, emerging writers are those who show a dedication to writing and have a substantial body of literary written work. They may be published authors, but may not have had more than one book published professionally.
The amount available is $7,000, which will be administered by The Banff Centre or Les éditions Hannenorak.
Writing and Publishing Section
Canada Council for the Arts
P.O. Box 1047, 350 Albert Street
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8
Telephone: 1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5482