Created in response to community feedback, the FPCC Pathways to Language Vitality Program provides funding and support for community-led projects that revitalize First Nations languages in B.C. and help create new fluent speakers.
Some communities manage multiple language projects and we have listened to their feedback about the grant application and reporting process. The Pathways program combines funding for the current Language Nest program, B.C. Language Initiative, Indigenous Languages Grant (formerly called ALI) and the Language Gathering & Sharing Grants into a single program. These programs are no longer provided as separate grants.
Combining these programs into one application makes it more flexible for communities to address their unique needs and lessens the burden of multiple applications and reports.
The Pathways to Language Vitality Program provides three types of funding. Communities can grow their programs and receive more funding as programs advance:
• Rise funding of up to $100,000 for organizations that are new to language work and are focused on awareness activities,
• Roots funding of up to $175,000 for organizations that have some language revitalization experience and are focused on documentation activities,
• Grow funding of up to $250,000 for organizations that have extensive experience in language revitalization and are focused on creating new fluent speakers
Eligible costs are identified in the funding guide and include wages for dedicated language staff, honoraria for Elders and speakers, resources, equipment rental and some capital costs.
The Pathways to Langauge Vitality Program is for First Nations governments and Indigenous organizations located in B.C.
The program is made possible with funding from the First People’s Cultural Foundation, the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, and the Department of Canadian Heritage, as a result of the Government of Canada’s Indigenous Languages Act.
This grant is expected to open in September 2021.
Tools and Resources
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. You may also contact an Outreach Coach for information on project planning, resources and information sessions.
Watch our webinar
This webinar provides guidance and support to those who are considering or are preparing an application to the Pathways to Language Vitality Program. It includes details such as application requirements and program timelines. The sound starts about one minute in.
Page Image: Udzistalis John Speck, Hereditary Chief, Tlowitsis and
Hiʔliqilaʔgelis Natasha Green, Mentor Apprentice
Program, Campbell River B.C.
Rachel is a citizen of the Métis Nation of BC. Her traditional languages include Nēhiyawēwin, Anishaabemowin and Michif. She is a passionate advocate for Indigenous language reclamation, with over 15 years’ project management experience