Support for traditional hunting and harvesting

How the Harvesters Support Grant works, eligible communities and funding streams.

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What the Harvesters Support Grant is

The Harvesters Support Grant increases access to country foods by providing funding to support traditional hunting, harvesting and food sharing in isolated communities. The Harvesters Support Grant is a new addition to the Nutrition North Canada program. It was developed in direct collaboration with Indigenous partners and respects the inherent hunting and harvesting rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

The Harvesters Support Grant currently provides $40 million over 5 years, and $8 million per year in ongoing funding to Indigenous governments and organizations representing eligible communities.

How the grant works

Because each community has unique harvesting needs and priorities, the grant is designed to ensure that Indigenous governments and organizations can decide how best to support their own communities. Recipient organizations receive funding for communities in their region. Recipients can create programs or other ways to support the communities and harvesters they represent.

The grant supports a wide range of harvesting activities, including but not limited to:

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Who is eligible

To be eligible for the Harvesters Support Grant, a community must:

Thirteen communities eligible for the retail subsidy are not reliant on air transportation for more than 8 months each year, and are not eligible for the Harvesters Support Grant as a result. These communities are on the Quebec North Shore and the Northwest Territories:

Recipient organizations

Community Recipient organization Province or territory
Aklavik Inuvialuit Regional Corporation Northwest Territories
Akulivik Makivik Corporation Quebec
Angling Lake Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board Ontario
Arctic Bay Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Arviat Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Attawapiskat Mushkegowuk Council Ontario
Aupaluk Makivik Corporation Quebec
Baker Lake Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Bearskin Lake Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board Ontario
Big Trout Lake Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board Ontario
Black Tickle NunatuKavut Community Council Newfound land and Labrador
Brochet Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Manitoba
Cambridge Bay Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Cape Dorset Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Cat Lake Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board Ontario
Chesterfield Inlet Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Clyde River Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Colville Lake Sahtu Secretariat Inc. Northwest Territories
Coral Harbour Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Deer Lake Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board Ontario
Délîne Sahtu Secretariat Inc. Northwest Territories
Eabametoong First Nation (Fort Hope) Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services Ontario
Favourable Lake (Sandy Lake) Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board Ontario
Fond-du-Lac Prince Albert Grand Council Saskatchewan
Fort Albany Mushkegowuk Council Ontario
Fort Chipewyan Athabasca Tribal Council Alberta
Fort Good Hope Sahtu Secretariat Inc. Northwest Territories
Fort Severn Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board Ontario
Gamètì (Rae Lakes) Tłı̨chǫ Government Northwest Territories
Gjoa Haven Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Gods Lake Narrows Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Manitoba
Gods River Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Manitoba
Granville Lake Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Manitoba
Grise Fiord Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Hall Beach Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Hopedale Nunatsiavut Government Newfoundland and Labrador
Igloolik Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Inukjuak Makivik Corporation Quebec
Iqaluit Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Island Lake (Garden Hill) Island Lake Tribal Council Manitoba
Ivujivik Makivik Corporation Quebec
Kangiqsualujjuaq Makivik Corporation Quebec
Kangiqsujuaq Makivik Corporation Quebec
Kangirsuk Makivik Corporation Quebec
Kasabonika Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board Ontario
Kashechewan Mushkegowuk Council Ontario
Keewaywin Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board Ontario
Kimmirut Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Kingfisher Lake Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board Ontario
Kugaaruk Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Kugluktuk Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Kuujjuaq Makivik Corporation Quebec
Kuujjuarapik Makivik Corporation Quebec
Lac Brochet Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Manitoba
Little Grand Rapids South East Resource Development Corporation Manitoba
Łutsel K'e Łutsel K'e  Dene First Nation Northwest Territories
Makkovik Nunatsiavut Government Newfoundland and Labrador
Marten Falls First Nation Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services Ontario
Muskrat Dam Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board Ontario
Nain Nunatsiavut Government Newfoundland and Labrador
Natuashish Innu Nation Newfoundland and Labrador
Naujaat (Repulse Bay) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Negginan (Poplar River) South East Resource Development Corporation Manitoba
Neskantaga First Nation (Lansdowne House) Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services Ontario
Nibinamik First Nation (Summer Beaver) Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services Ontario
Norman Wells Sahtu Secretariat Inc. Northwest Territories
North Spirit Lake Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board Ontario
Old Crow Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Yukon
Oxford House Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Manitoba
Pangnirtung Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Pauingassi South East Resource Development Corporation Manitoba
Paulatuk Inuvialuit Regional Corporation Northwest Territories
Peawanuck Mushkegowuk Council Ontario
Pikangikum Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board Ontario
Pond Inlet Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Poplar Hill Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board Ontario
Postville Nunatsiavut Government Newfoundland and Labrador
Puvirnituq Makivik Corporation Quebec
Qikiqtarjuaq Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Quaqtaq Makivik Corporation Quebec
Rankin Inlet Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Red Sucker Lake Island Lake Tribal Council Manitoba
Resolute Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Rigolet Nunatsiavut Government Newfoundland and Labrador
Sachigo Lake Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board Ontario
Sachs Harbour Inuvialuit Regional Corporation Northwest Territories
Salluit Makivik Corporation Quebec
Sambaa K'e Sambaa K'e First Nation Northwest Territories
Sanikiluaq Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Shamattawa Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Manitoba
St. Theresa Point Island Lake Tribal Council Manitoba
Tadoule Lake Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Manitoba
Taloyoak Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Tasiujaq Makivik Corporation Quebec
Tulita Sahtu Secretariat Inc. Northwest Territories
Ulukhaktok (Holman) Inuvialuit Regional Corporation Northwest Territories
Umiujaq Makivik Corporation Quebec
Uranium City Prince Albert Grand Council Saskatchewan
Wasagamack Island Lake Tribal Council Manitoba
Wawakapewin Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board Ontario
Weagamow Lake Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board Ontario
Webequie Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services Ontario
Wekweètì (Snare Lake) Tłı̨chǫ Government Northwest Territories
Whatì Tłı̨chǫ Government Northwest Territories
Whale Cove Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Nunavut
Wollaston Lake Prince Albert Grand Council Saskatchewan
Wunnummin Lake Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board Ontario
York Landing Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Manitoba

Additional recipient organizations serving communities marked "pending" are in the process of submitting proposals.

Funding per organization

There are 2 streams of funding available to recipient organizations.

Stream 1: Land claim organization and self-government

For communities with settled land claims, grant funding is provided to land claim or self-government organizations. These organizations are accountable to their own citizens for how they use and allocate the funding.

Stream 2: Communities

For communities without a settled land claim, a call for proposals was issued to Indigenous organizations representing eligible communities. The proposals were developed in partnership with the communities and described their harvesting needs and objectives.

These recipient organizations received funding for the 2021 to 2022 fiscal year.

Stream 1: Land claim organization and self-government recipient organizations

Tlicho Government
Length of agreement: 5 years
Total funding: $503,995

Sahtu Secretariat Inc.
Length of agreement: 5 years
Total funding: $772,485

Vuntut Gwitchin (Old Crow)
Length of agreement: 5 years
Total funding: $277,275

NunatuKavut Community Council
Length of agreement: 4 years
Total funding: $112,000

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
Length of agreement: 5 years
Total funding: $3,435,000

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
Length of agreement: 5 years
Total funding: $14,885,000

Makivik Corporation
Length of agreement: 5 years
Total funding: $7,156,250

Nunatsiavut Government
Length of agreement: 5 years
Total funding: $3,148,750

Stream 2: Communities recipient organizations

Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board
Length of agreement: 3 years
Total funding: $1,943,906

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak
Length of agreement: 3 years
Total funding: $1,056,983

Island Lake Tribal Council
Length of agreement: 2 years
Total funding: $401,880

Southeast Resource Development Council Corporation
Length of agreement: 3 years
Total funding: $414,070

Mushkegowuk Tribal Council
Length of agreement: 3 years
Total funding: $569,873

Sambaa K'e First Nation (Trout Lake)
Length of agreement: 3 years
Total funding: $126,197

Lutsel K'e First Nation
Length of agreement: 3 years
Total funding: $126,197

Prince Albert Grand Council
Length of agreement: 3 years
Total funding: $241,498

Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen
Employment and Training Services
Length of the Agreement: 3 years
Total funding: $629,871

Athabasca Tribal Council
Length of Agreement: 2 years
Total Funding: $133,195

Innu Nation
Length of Agreement: 1 year
Total Funding: $60,000

Contact information

If you live in an eligible community, the best way to learn more is to contact your local community leadership.

For other questions about the Harvesters Support Grant, email aadnc.nutritionnordcanada-nutritionnorthcanada.aandc@canada.ca.

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