Inuit and First Nations Arts - Impetus
Recognition, a program for the Inuit and First Nations arts This link will open in a new window
IMPORTANT: This program is not yet available through Mon Dossier CALQ. You must complete the grant application form available on the "Application form and registration" section. The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec receives the application file by WeTransfer. You will find the instructions for sending the application form under the "Presentation of the application" section of this program.
Before submitting an application, it is recommended that you read the program carefully. If any questions remain after this reading or to validate its understanding, we suggest that you contact the person in charge of this program, by email or telephone, for information and advice on how to present your project and what to include in your application.
In a spirit of recognition and promotion, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec wishes to support the Inuit and First Nations arts community in Québec in its quest for reappropriation, reconstruction and development. In that light, the Conseil has put in place Recognition, a program for the Inuit and First Nations arts.
At the same time, the Conseil invites all artists and artistic organizations, Inuit and First Nations and non-Inuit and First Nations alike, to adopt an approach that is respectful of Inuit and First Nations artistic expression, cultural protocols and rights.
Collaborative initiatives leading to genuine exchanges should pave the way for the completion of artistic projects addressing or incorporating distinctive aspects of Inuit and First Nations cultures.
The program is divided into five components:
- Revitalization, creation and transmission (for artists)
- Revitalization, creation and transmission (for arts organizations)
- Development of organizational capacities (for arts organizations)
- Microgrants (for artists)
- Impetus (for artists)
Objectives of the Impetus component
This component is designed to provide an initial grant to Inuit and First Nations artists in order to give their career a boost. More specificly:
- Contribute to the knowledge, recognition and promotion of Inuit and First Nations artists and the Inuit and First Nations arts.
- Facilitate the early career and professional development of Inuit and First Nations artists by supporting their first professional experiences and fostering sponsorships and guidance.
- Boost the career of First Nations artists.
This grant category is geared towards established Inuit and First Nations artistsThis link will open in a new window as well as emerging Indigenous artistsThis link will open in a new window.
Groups of Inuit and First Nations artists
Each member of an applicant group of Inuit and First Nations artists or writers must be Inuit or a member of one of Canada's First Nations and must meet the program eligibility criteria.
If the application receives a favourable response, the grant will be paid to one artist in the group, who is identified as the group representative and will be responsible for managing the grant.
The artist's application must be submitted by a third party (peer or cultural worker) tasked with putting together the related file. The selected candidate must then confirm his/her eligibility for the program by submitting supporting documents and must also undertake to carry out an artistic project if he/she qualifies.
To be eligible, the Inuit or First Nations artist applicant must:
- Be Inuit or a member of one of Canada's First Nations.
- Be continuously engaged in their artistic practice, whether traditional, customary, contemporary or a mixture thereof.
- Be a Canadian citizen, customarily reside in Québec and have resided in Québec for the past 12 months.
- Candidates residing outside Québec for two years or more are no longer eligible for the program, unless they have retained their Québec resident status. In that case, candidates are responsible for demonstrating their eligibility by confirming their membership in the provincial health insurance plan (RAMQ).
- Candidates may submit up to five separate grant applications per fiscal year (running from April 1 to March 31) covering all of the Conseil's programs. All applications submitted, including those that prove ineligible, count towards the annual maximum. Unless indicated otherwise in the programs, applications received as of February24 (or as of March 1 in the case of travel applications) will be included in the following fiscal year.
- Candidates may not have more than three projects at the same time being analyzed, supported or carried out.
- Candidates who have already received a grant from the Conseil.
- Incomplete applications.
Presentation of the application
The application deadline is Septembre 15, 2023.
An applications filed for this grant program will be treated in the 2023-2024 fiscal year.
Applications that are incomplete or submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
Place of registration
The Conseil will not be accepting applications by mail until further notice. Mon Dossier CALQ This link will open in a new window is the favoured channel for transmitting an application.
If this transmission mode is not available for the present programme or if you cannot use it, the Conseil will receive the application file by WeTransfer. Instructions for sending are provided on the Application form – Proposal description.
Artists are nominated by a peer or cultural worker tasked with putting together the related file.
The required contents are detailed on the Proposal Description application form.
A portion of the application may be submitted orally or in writing.
Application form - Proposal description (Word) (71 KB)
Application form - Proposal description (pdf) (289 KB)
Application form - Personal information (Word) (67 KB)
Evaluation of applications
- Relevance of the application in light of the program's objectives.
- Grant's potential impact on the recipient's career.
- Quality of the candidate's artistic work.
- Quality of the supporting argument.
The applications are evaluated by a jury, created in accordance with the Policy concerning the Conseil's juries, committees and assessors (87 KB) and including experienced and recognized Inuit and First Nations elder artists and creators or cultural managers. The jury meets once a year to choose up to five deserving artists who will receive an initial grant from the Conseil designed to boost their careers.
The Conseil will informs the applicant of its decision approximately four months after the application deadline.
An applicant registered for Mon Dossier CALQ will receive an email inviting him to consult his online file to find out the result.
If the application is successful, along with the announcement letter the applicant will receive a document describing the terms and conditions governing the use of the grant.
If the application is unsuccessful and the applicant is not registered for Mon Dossier CALQ, the Conseil will communicate its decision in writing.
After receiving the results, the applicant may request the jury's or the evaluator's general rankings of the project for each evaluation criterion.
The CALQ wishes to reiterate that its decisions are final and without appeal. No form of verbal abuse, harassment or intimidation towards its team after a decision is rendered, nor at any point in the application process, is tolerated.
Subject to the provisions of the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information, the Conseil respects the confidentiality of the documents and information submitted to it and/or already in its possession.
Board members, employees and members of juries and committees of the CALQ are subject toCodes of ethics and professional conduct This link will open in a new window. All must act in good faith in performing their duties and refrain from taking part in any discussion concerning a grant application that risks creating a conflict of interest. Confidential or privileged information transmitted to them may not be used for personal reasons.
- Code of ethics and professional conduct governing jury and committee members and assessors hired by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (65 KB)
- Guide for grant recipients - Obligations and reports This link will open in a new window
- Glossary of terms used by the Conseil This link will open in a new window
- Policy governing juries, committees and assessors (87 KB)
- Laws pertaining to the Conseil's various grant programs