Indigenous Directions Action Plan Support Fund

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Action Plan Support Fund

Formerly known as the Indigenous Directions Fund, the purpose of the Action Plan Support Fund is to provide financial support to projects or events that advance the Indigenous Directions Action Plan developed by the Indigenous Directions Leadership Council (IDLC). The Action Plan is a set of Recommended Actions that university stakeholders are called upon to take up as a first step in our collective efforts of decolonizing and Indigenizing Concordia University.

The Action Plan Support Fund is a means to help enable members of the Concordia community to engage meaningfully with this mandate. Funds distributed through this initiative are intended to support projects that seek to build capacity within Concordia, and build mutually beneficial relationships between Concordia and First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and other Indigenous communities. 

 

 

Eligibility and Funding Criteria

All Concordia students, faculty, staff and units (academic and administrative) are eligible to apply for this funding. Projects may be designed and/or implemented in partnership with alumni or external partners. 

 

Projects must be aligned with one or more of the IDLC’s commitments outlined in the Indigenous Directions Action Plan:

  • Develop structures and policies that allow for greater participation of Indigenous communities, students, staff and faculty in the university’s governance;

  • Integrate Indigenous knowledges and the Principles of Reconciliation into existing courses, programs, and governance structures at Concordia;

  • Undertake steps to enhance the cultural climate at Concordia for Indigenous students, staff, and faculty;

  • Create strategies, programs and services that will support and facilitate Concordia’s recruitment, admission, retention, and graduation of Indigenous learners;

  • Establish strategies, programs and services that will support and facilitate Concordia’s recruitment and retention of Indigenous faculty and staff; and

  • Generate ways to foster, strengthen and showcase the innovative research being done by Indigenous faculty and students in partnership with Indigenous communities.

 

In addition to being aligned with the Action Plan mandate areas, applications to the Action Plan Support Fund will be evaluated along all of the following dimensions: 

  • A demonstrated commitment to sharing knowledge with Concordia stakeholders upon completion of the project; 

  • Support for community-driven projects/events; 

  • Capacity to raise the visibility of Indigenous presence at the University; and

  • Alignment with specific Recommended Actions laid out in the Action Plan. 

     

  • Educational activities, including workshops, presentations and trainings;
  • Cultural events, including meals, music, dance, film, and other art forms;
  • Academic events, including special guest speakers and conference attendance fees;
  • Gifts and honoraria for Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers, cultural advisors, and other community representatives.

 

Important information

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the Fall and Winter semesters. However, please note that due to processing times it will take at least four weeks for successful applicants to receive funds so be sure to apply in advance.

 

 

indigenous.directions@concordia.ca or (514) 848-2424 ext. 5680

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