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Capacity Funding Agreement

5 dezembro 2020

The objective of the Indigenous Capacity Support Program is to provide financial support outside of project-specific resources to support internal capacity building in Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal umbrella organizations (such as tribal councils or sub-contract organizations) for participation in environmental and impact assessments, regional/strategic assessments and environmental assessments or monitoring and monitoring programs for impact assessments. This can be done, for example, through relationship building, networking, tailored training in local land use and engagement documentation and planning, partnership, regional support to local groups when needed, train-the-trainer programs and work exchanges. Over time, improving internal Aboriginal capacity can play an important role in the Agency`s implementation of environmental quality and impact assessments. This program complements the other programs in the financial framework. The Agency President or his delegate makes the final decision on the financial allocations on the basis of the report and the recommendations of the audit committee and any additional considerations decided by the Agency. The draft comprehensive funding agreement provided for corrective measures that the federal government could take to address late payments. These include situations in which the federal government can withhold funding, as well as situations where a community is unwilling or unable to remedy a default. Participants were asked to give their views on the distinction between reluctance and disability, the withholding of non-essential means and other means of meeting the terms of a funding agreement. The government defends a relationship between the peoples of indigenous peoples, based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership. That is why the government wants to ensure that Aboriginal peoples have the opportunity and capacity to participate meaningfully in environmental assessment and impact assessment activities, that activities address the issues they consider most important, and that these issues are properly integrated into the government`s decision-making process. The engagement of indigenous peoples will be strengthened before consultations on individual projects and ongoing relationships will be developed and maintained to support this objective. All recipients will be contacted in September 2020 to report if activities are “progressing as planned.” If a one-year project cannot be completed until March 31, 2021, the transfer of unspent funds to the next fiscal year must be approved by the BCCI project coordinator. If your BCCI funding for the current year (2019-2020) may not be spent before the end of this fiscal year, please contact the Office to discuss a possible transfer of unassigned funds before reapplying for fiscal year 2020-2021.

The final report is expected on 31 May 2021. The PC will not fund activities that duplicate services, studies or written documents that already fund other public or private sources. Applicants must submit a funding proposal to the Agency pending the time limits in order to be considered for funding. An audit committee reviews all applications received to determine whether the proposed activities are consistent with the program`s objectives and determines whether the associated expenditures reflect the expenditures and resources required to support these activities.