Pathways to Safe Indigenous Communities Initiative
This initiative provides funding to implement Indigenous-designed projects to improve community safety and well-being.
All funds for fiscal year 2023-24 have been committed and the Pathways to Safe Indigenous Communities Initiative is not currently accepting applications.
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About the initiative
Community services are an important part of supporting community safety and well-being. However, to proactively support community protection and well-being, a holistic approach must also include complementary, Indigenous-led initiatives which offer a broad spectrum of community support.
The Pathways to Safe Indigenous Communities Initiative is providing $120 million over 5 years (2021-26) to assist First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and partners, both on- and off-reserve, to implement Indigenous-designed projects to improve community safety and well-being.
This initiative supports projects that:
- recognize the importance of traditional knowledge and practices that contribute to greater community safety and well-being;
- recognize holistic models of community safety and well-being; and
- address existing and emerging needs related to the safety and well-being of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people.
The Pathways to Safe Indigenous Communities Initiative does not support enforcement activities or fund policing bodies or organizations.
You can find a list of eligible activities and the terms and conditions of the initiative at:
Who this supports
- On- and off-reserve First Nations communities and organizations
- Modern treaty agreement holders
- Self-government agreement holders
- Inuit communities and organizations
- Métis communities and organizations
- On and off-reserve organizations that serve urban Indigenous people and 2SLGBTQI+ Indigenous people
The Pathways to Safe Indigenous Communities Initiative is not currently accepting applications.
How it works
Indigenous Services Canada will work with Indigenous communities and organizations to identify projects to support. These may include those which have already been identified in First Nations community safety plans or comprehensive community plans and are ready to be implemented.
For further information, please contact the Pathways to Safe Indigenous Communities Initiative administration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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