Created in response to community feedback, the 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.
The Pathways Program was launched in 2020. It combines four previously separate funding streams: the B.C. Language Initiative, Indigenous Language Grants, Language Nest Program, and Language Gathering & Sharing Grants.
For applicants, combining these funding streams into a single program reduces the number of forms that need to be completed. The Pathways to Language Vitality Program also creates the opportunity for communities to implement multiple connected projects in a coordinated way, leading to greater outcomes.
Eligible community-led projects include as examples:
- Adult language immersion programs
- Language Nests
- Language documentation
- Resource and materials development
- Language planning and community engagement.
The Pathways program is available for First Nations governments and Indigenous organizations located in B.C.
Three types of funding
The Pathways program offers three types of funding: Rise, Roots and Grow funding. Indigenous languages are deeply tied to the land. The Rise, Roots and Grow funding model reflects cycles of growth and the flourishing potential and developing spirit of language revitalization work within communities.
- Rise funding ($15,000 – $100,000) for organizations with two years or less experience receiving FPCC language grants. This category includes funding for new applicants. These applicants are building stewardship practices for long-term language revitalization growth.
- Roots funding ($100,000 – $175,000) for organizations with up to four years of experience receiving FPCC language grants. These applicants have absorbed the teachings from previous efforts and are nourishing strong roots for long-term community language goals.
- Grow funding ($175,000 – $250,000) for organizations with 5+ years of experience receiving FPCC language grants. These applicants have established language programs and practices and can steward complex plans with many moving parts to achieve community language revitalization goals.
The program is made possible with funding from the First Peoples’ 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.
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.
Tools and Resources
Language Nest Resources
Language Status Assessment (LSA)
The Language Status Assessment (LSA) is a survey on the status of First Nations
languages. The Language Status Assessment is not a grant application but it is
required for communities who are applying for language funding from First
Peoples’ Cultural Council.
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.
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