A Sense of Place in BC

A Sense of Place


March 1, 2022 - January 15, 2024

‘A Sense of Place: Reconnecting the Land through Indigenous Cultural Heritage’ offers grants to B.C. First Nations communities and Indigenous organizations.

The goal of this program is to foster a greater understanding of the connection and safeguarding practices between the land, environment and Indigenous cultural heritage.

Indigenous cultural heritage includes ideas, experiences, worldviews, objects, forms of expression, practices, knowledge, spirituality, kinship ties, places and land valued by Indigenous Peoples. Each of these concepts is inseparably interconnected, holds intrinsic value to the well-being of Indigenous Peoples, and affects all generations.

This funding program is for organizations in B.C. with a mandate or a focus that includes Indigenous heritage. This can include First Nations bands and tribal councils, First Nations schools, daycares and adult education centres, collectives of three or more First Nations people from a B.C. First Nation, and not-for-profit societies registered in B.C. that are in good standing and with more than half of the directors identifying as First Nations.

Examples of projects eligible for funding under this grant include documentation, connecting knowledge systems and land, research and knowledge-sharing projects.

This program is funded by the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation through the 150 Time Immemorial fund from the B.C. Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Heritage BC is also delivering funding that is open to all organizations. Applicants may apply for grants from both FPCC and Heritage BC, provided the applications are for different activities or separate parts of a larger project.

View our Information Webinar

The Sense of Place Grant webinar is available for viewing.

We are here to help!

If you have any questions or would like assistance with your grant application please contact the program staff listed at the bottom of this page. FPCC staff are available to answer questions about grant eligibility, project proposal ideas, what activities are permitted during COVID-19 restrictions, which program or grant may be best for your project and more.

Symposium Report

The Sense of Place Symposium Report is a summary of the presentations delivered by FPCC 2019-2020 grant recipients. The symposium was delayed as a result of COVID-19 and was held virtually from November 24-26, 2021.

Funding process

We are here to ensure that the funding application process is as easy as possible and offer a convenient online portal so applicants can more easily apply for programs and submit reports. For additional information please visit the Funding Process page.

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Funding process infogrpahic

Page Image: Keatley Creek B.C., an important cultural landscape for the Ts’kw’aylaxw First Nation.

Program Contact

Paulina Csiscai

Paulina’s experience includes supporting communities to safeguard cultural heritage and working across government to provide policy support. She worked in Yellowknife as a consultant and a community and regional land use planner.