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August 8, 2023

Indigenous grants: What would it take to dramatically increase the numbers of FNIM teachers across Canada?

The Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) is on a journey to support dramatic increases in the numbers of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis (FNIM) teachers in Canada by 10,000, focusing on K-12 educators. Beginning in 2023, the RHF will deliver funding aimed at building capacity in the teacher education sector and by investing strategically in innovative projects coast to coast to coast that reflect pathways for real change.

We are inviting expressions of interest through a Letter of Intent (by Oct 2) and Full Proposal (by November 3).


The 2023 RFP invites project submissions across four priority themes that have risen to the surface through coast to coast to coast listening and learning sessions:

1) Language: Because teacher education programming that emphasizes FNIM language preservation, revitalization, and promotion will both encourage more Indigenous teachers into the profession, and support and sustain teachers in the field.

2) Land: Because land-based learning can be integrated into FNIM teacher education, as a means of encouraging more teachers into the profession and supporting and sustaining existing FNIM teachers in the profession.

3) Leadership: To prioritize FNIM leadership development opportunities within the education sector, both to encourage and support Indigenous leadership and systemic decision-making capacity in the field of education, and to provide for greater long term mentoring pathways for new FNIM teachers.

4) Love: To provide support for programming that reflects a caring, inclusive, and compassionate learning environment within FNIM teacher education.

Interested applicants are invited to submit proposals up to a maximum of $2,000,000 for multi-year projects.

Successful projects must:

  • Be Indigenous-led and truly innovative;
  • Have a measurable connection towards a goal of adding 10,000 FNIM teachers across Canada; and
  • Describe how the project reinforces the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action related to education.

The relevant documents are available here:

  1. Granting Guidelines (PDF)
  2. Letter of Intent: Available in PDF or Word format
  3. Application Form (PDF)
  4. High-Level Budget Template (XLSX)
  5. Grant Budget Template (XLSX)


  • Deadline for the optional Letter of Intent is October 2nd, 2023.
  • Applications Open October 2nd, 2023
  • Deadline for full proposals is November 3rd, 2023

Letters of Intent should be submitted by email to indigenous.autochtone@rhf-frh.ca

For questions or clarification, please contact Kristen Mineault, Manager of Indigenous Partnerships at 587-988-9180 or kirsten.mineault@rhf-frh.ca 

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