Aboriginal Heritage

The Aboriginal Heritage component of the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) supports the preservation, presentation, and management of Aboriginal cultural heritage. It also seeks to increase public awareness and understanding of the rich and diverse cultures of Aboriginal Peoples.

The deadline to submit applications for 2016-2017 projects to the Aboriginal Heritage component is November 1, 2015.

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible under the Aboriginal Heritage component, applicants must meet the criteria of one of the following three categories:

  • Aboriginal governing bodies and other Aboriginal organizations with a mandate to preserve and support Aboriginal heritage.
  • Incorporated non-profit Canadian museums which:
    • Provide services to the public year-round;
    • Employ the equivalent of one full-time paid professional staff;
    • Have policies for key museum functions; and
    • Have a current three to five-year strategic/business plan.
  • Incorporated non-profit service organizations whose membership relates to the museum sector.

Eligible museums that are governed by other levels of government or by academic or cultural institutions must have distinct objectives, programs and budgets related to heritage. Federal departments, Crown corporations and agencies are not eligible for MAP funding.

Funding priority is given to projects submitted by Aboriginal organizations, and conducted for the benefit of Aboriginal communities. Applications submitted by other heritage organizations will be considered, provided that a close collaboration or partnership with an Aboriginal heritage group is demonstrated.

Eligible Projects

Please consult the Guidelines.

Application Process

Project proposals are reviewed competitively once each year. Completed application forms must be sent no later than the application deadline date. Hard copies sent by mail or courier, or hand-delivered, must be postmarked by the deadline date. If the application is sent electronically, the embedded sent date must be no later than local time on the deadline date.

Direct your application package to the nearest regional office of the Department of Canadian Heritage or, for national organizations, to the national office. It is also highly recommended that you consult your regional program officer to discuss your project prior to submission.


[ Guidelines for 2016-2017 ]

Application Forms

To obtain application forms, contact the nearest regional office. National organizations should contact the national office.

Service Standards

Canadian Heritage has set service standards for the timely delivery of the acknowledgement of receipt, funding decision and payment processes.

See the service standards for the Aboriginal Heritage component of the MAP.