Artists, this program is for you if:

  • You are an Inuit or are a member of one of Canada’s First Nations.
  • Your commitment is ongoing, regardless of whether your artistic practice is traditional, customary, contemporary or a mixture thereof.
  • You have taken part in, produced, presented or distributed a work outside of your training or educational program in a setting recognized by your peers, Elders or community.

Indigenous artists may apply for financial aid under 3 different program components.

1. Revitalization, creation and transmission

  • Supports Indigenous people’s artistic practices throughout their careers.
  • Supports the distribution, circulation and promotion of Indigenous works and artists inside as well as outside Québec.

Examples of activities that may be eligible for support: research, collecting, documentation, artistic transmission, first works, creation, training, professional development, internships, mentoring, travel, residencies, exchanges, first professional experiences, sponsorships, circulation, promotion, etc.

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Lara Kramer in Phantomstill


2. Microgrants

  • This component facilitates artists’ early career and Indigenous artists’ professional development by supporting first professional experiences, mentorships and guidance.
  • Supports Indigenous artists in their practice throughout their careers.
  • Supports the dissemination, circulation and promotion of Indigenous works and artists inside as well as outside Québec.
  • Includes a simplified submission process and a shorter response time.
  • Ideal for up-and-coming Indigenous artists.

Examples of activities that may be eligible for support: transmission, training, internships, first professional experiences, mentorships, , travel, circulation of works, specialized equipment rental, purchase of materials, promotion, creation, research, etc.

See program Ziibiwan Rivers in Ioskeha et Tawiscara:  Le grand Jeu de la création at Festival Présence Autochtone. Photo: Mario Faubert


3. Impetus

  • Boosts the careers of Indigenous artists by providing them with their first grant.
  • This application must be submitted by another artist or cultural worker, who is responsible for putting together the documentation. Applications may also be submitted by members of the artist’s community or by the artist’s entourage.
  • Applications are evaluated by a jury that meets once a year and includes, Elders, artists and seasoned and recognized Indigenous creators or cultural managers.

*There is a deadline for submissions. Please consult the program page on the website.

See program Passa Mangiuk & Qumaq Mangiuk Iyaituk,« Kamituinnait are made of sealskin ». Photo: Lyne Bastien.