We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, and the Canadian Museums Association to mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 2017 by establishing a dedicated national funding program for commemoration projects on the theme of reconciliation. 

Indigenous Watchdog Status Update

Current StatusAug. 17, 2018COMPLETE
Previous StatusJune 15, 2020COMPLETE

Why “Complete”?

The government did not establish dedicated funding for Indigenous groups but allocated a percentage of over-all spending to indigenous projects that consisted of:

  • Signature Projects: $3,603,300 for 5 projects out of 38 (13% of total) including 2 dedicated to Reconciliation
  • Community Projects: $28.6M for 248 projects out of 636 (39% of total)

As noted on the government website.“The Canada 150 fund of $200M is now closed”. (July 15, 2018)

Sample Projects

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Assembly of First Nations, Métis National Council, Inuit Tapariit Kanatami, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Indspire

The Atlas is an educational tool designed to help build a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship by highlighting the history and the communities of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. It will be available in multiple formats, including a print atlas, an interactive online website, a giant floor map for schools, tiled maps for downloading, plastic-coated maps for frequent consultation, poster maps and a classroom app. Teaching guides and lessons plans will help connect the content with curricula, as will dedicated issues of Canadian Geographic and Géographica

June 22, 2018 – Official launch of the Canadian Geographic’s long-awaited Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada.

Reconciliation in Action: A National Engagement Strategy

This funding is an opportunity for Reconciliation Canada to continue engaging all Canadians in the reconciliation process and to envision a new way forward as we move into the next 150 years, together. For example:

  • A National Narrative on Reconciliation online engagement project
  • A series of National Reconciliation Gatherings
  • National Gathering of Spiritual Leaders and Youth
  • A National Narrative on Reconciliation — strategic framework development, analysis and report
  • National Thought Table on Reconciliation
  • Celebration of Reconciliation in Winnipeg, MB.
First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres

Cultural Expo 2017, Nov. 1 – 5, 2017

The First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres (FNCCEC) is a non-profit, national organization. Our unified voice leads in the promotion, protection, revitalization and maintenance of First Nations languages, cultures and traditions as given by the Creator. FNCCEC is comprised of over 50 Cultural Education Centres which are located in every part of the country and represents the language and cultural diversity among First Nations. The Expo highlights First Nations cultural diversity, among other topics, at a cultural exhibition in Ottawa this fall. Indigenous and non-Indigenous people will have the opportunity to engage with arts and crafts activities, drum and dance performances, and various exhibits, while encouraging dialogue and mutual understanding, as we advance reconciliation together.

4 – H Canada “Empowering Youth and Connecting Communities.”

4-H Canada will support local activities and celebrations that will engage 4-H youth in communities across Canada, through the 4-H Connecting Canadians Fund, open to 4-H Clubs, Regions, Districts and Provincial Organizations. These celebrations will celebrate the agricultural heritage of Canada, bringing together communities from coast to coast. “Empowering Youth” is a youth-led initiative seeking to change the country by changing the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people

Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee of Vancouver

Canada 150+ launches in English Bay in mid-July with a traditional canoe welcome, followed by a nine-day arts festival in Vancouver’s downtown. Nightly headliners include acts like Cree icon Buffy Sainte-Marie, but the focus is the history and culture of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, the three Coast Salish nations on whose unceded territories Vancouver is built

Sesqui Trail, Downsview Park Canada Lands Company

May 27, 2019 – official opening of the Sesquicentennial “Sesqui” Trail, a visually stunning new gateway to the Park that unites past, present and future. the Sesqui Trail serves as a visual interpretation of the story of Downsview and the site’s important history of the Indigenous Peoples in the area, agriculture, pioneering aviation innovation, military operations to today’s amazing park.

Official Federal Government Response: Sept. 5, 2019

Through the Canada 150 Fund, over $3.6 million was invested in 5 signature projects  that include a strong focus on Indigenous communities, including 2 that are specifically designed to promote reconciliation amongst Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.

In addition, $28.6 million has been invested in 248 community projects that contribute to celebrating Indigenous communities or reconciliation amongst Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. The Canada 150 fund is now closed.