The Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk (AFSAR) plays an important role in the recovery of species at risk on Aboriginal lands by encouraging meaningful involvement of Aboriginal people and communities in the implementation of the Species at Risk Act. Funds are allocated to projects that protect habitat and contribute to the recovery of species at risk, as well as to projects that prevent other species from becoming a conservation concern.
The fund supports Aboriginal organizations and communities across Canada in building their ability to participate in the protection and recovery of species at risk, preventing species from becoming a conservation concern, and recovering and protecting important aquatic and terrestrial habitat on Aboriginal lands.
Funding under AFSAR is separated into two streams:
- The AFSAR Species at Risk (SAR) Stream focuses on projects addressing the recovery of species at risk listed on Schedule 1 of SARA; and
- The AFSAR Prevention Stream focuses on projects addressing other species, beyond those listed on SARA, to prevent them from becoming a conservation concern.
The fund is administered by Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and co-managed by Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Parks Canada Agency, with the support of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and the guidance of National Aboriginal organizations.
Who can apply?
- Aboriginal associations/organizations
- Territorially based Aboriginal groups
- District councils/Chief and council
- Traditional appointed advisory committees
- Aboriginal corporations
- Tribal councils
- Aboriginal partnerships and groups
- Aboriginal school authorities
- Aboriginal cultural education centres
- Aboriginal land/resource management authorities
- Aboriginal cooperatives
- Aboriginal societies
- Aboriginal boards and commissions
- Other organizations (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) if mandated by one of the above eligible recipients
Funding is Canada-wide. Projects must take place on:
Reserves and Lands set apart for the use and benefit of Aboriginal people under the Indian Act or under section 91 (24) of the Constitution Act, 1867;
Other lands directly controlled by Aboriginal people (e.g., Métis Settlement lands, and land claim/treaty settlement lands), and lands set aside in the Yukon and Northwest Territories pursuant to Cabinet Directive, circular No.27;
Lands and waters where traditional activities (harvesting or other) are carried out; and
Contact the program to learn more about its priorities.
Range of funding available
Funding usually ranges from $10,000 to $50,000 per year. Projects may extend over more than one year. A minimum of 20% matching contributions (from non-federal sources) is required (20₵ confirmed match for each $1 of AFSAR funding).
The annual call for proposals takes place in the fall.
- The 2016-17 call for proposals is available here.
- The associated guidelines can also be obtained here: SAR Stream, Prevention Stream.
For more information, please contact your Environment Canada or Department of Fisheries and Oceans regional office.
Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk