Indigenous Cultural Heritage is living heritage.
From our stories and songs to gathering places and basket designs, to legal traditions and knowledge systems – our cultural heritage program helps us to understand who we are and how to live. We know that there is an urgent need to protect Indigenous Cultural Heritage, now and into the future.
FPCC is working to empower communities to protect their cultural heritage through our grants, programs and providing opportunities to bring people together to share knowledge.
The four objectives of FPCC’s Indigenous Cultural Heritage Program are to:
- Increase the inter-generational transmission of Indigenous heritage and cultural knowledge.
- Increase community capacity to support Indigenous cultural heritage through grants for best practices, capacity building, mentorships and cultural infrastructure development; develop training programs and tools; and advocacy efforts.
- Conduct research to develop a strategy for the revitalization and maintenance of all forms of B.C. Indigenous heritage.
- Invest in and develop a strong network of experts on the revitalization of Indigenous heritage and cultural knowledge.
Braided Knowledge: Weaving Indigenous Knowledge Through Generations funds projects that demonstrate and reflect the holistic and interconnected nature of Indigenous arts, language and cultural heritage, leading to outcomes that are essential to the revitalization of Indigenous cultures.
Cultural Stewardship Grant
This grant provides funding for training and support for Indigenous people to act as stewards and experts of their cultural heritage. It supports projects with a strong focus on mentorship, education, training and/or intergenerational learning and knowledge transfer.
Indigenous Cultural Heritage Infrastructure Grant
This grant offers funding to First Nations communities, Indigenous organizations, and Indigenous-led museums and cultural spaces in B.C. The goal of this program is to support projects that conserve, repair or develop Indigenous cultural heritage infrastructure.
Indigenous Heritage Micro-Grant
This funding program supports new activities on a one-time basis that help to revitalization Indigenous heritage. Project applications may support the performance, preservation or sharing of Indigenous heritage, increase knowledge sharing with Elders, or assist in the development of cultural heritage skills in Indigenous communities
Oral Histories Program
This program provides funding to help communities to record oral histories about how Indigenous communities in B.C. survive and live through difficult times. Elders and Knowledge Keepers work with a family member or support person to share their stories.
A Sense of Place
‘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 greater understanding of the connection and safeguarding practices between the land, environment and Indigenous cultural heritage, including Indigenous languages.
Tools and Resources to Help You Get Started
Important Documents Toolkit
View the Fact Sheet on Recognizing and Including Indigenous Cultural Heritage in B.C.
View the Policy Paper, Recognizing and Including Indigenous Cultural Heritage in B.C.
News on changes to the B.C. Heritage Conservation Act
The Conversation article on science and traditional knowledge