Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples
Due to COVID-19:
- the Canada Council has established a blackout period during which time we will not be supporting travel-related activities
- there may be restrictions or conditions on projects in which public gatherings are an essential part
- exceptionally, for components that were temporarily suspended, activities and costs incurred before an application submission date may be eligible. Please refer to our Deadlines and Notification of Results page and contact the relevant program
Our guidelines and forms will not reflect these changes; for details please visit our COVID-19: Information and support for the arts sector web page.
The Travel component of Creating, Knowing and Sharing funds First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists, arts/cultural professionals (including artists’ representatives), cultural carriers, artistic groups, collectives and organizations working in all disciplines. Grants support travel costs to attend significant events within Canada or abroad that advance your professional development, enable you or the artists you represent to access new markets or build national and international presence.
First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to speak to a Program Officer before applying.
You may be eligible for Application Assistance to pay someone to help you with the application process if you are experiencing difficulty and self-identify as:
- an artist who is Deaf, hard of hearing, has a disability or is living with a mental illness
- a First Nations, Inuit or Métis artist facing language, geographic and/or cultural barriers.
To calculate the amount you can request for travel costs, see the fixed travel rates.
Activities - what you can apply for
Activities must be led by eligible First Nations, Inuit or Métis professional artists, cultural carriers or arts/cultural professionals.
Travel must be at least 100 kilometres from your place of departure, and by invitation. You can apply for single or several destinations within 1 trip (if you are representing or promoting artists, you can request multiple trips) to:
- share artistic works or cultural knowledge
- participate in significant artistic or cultural events, including pow-wows
- undertake research activities
- build professional and artistic networks
- engage in professional development opportunities
- develop regional, national or international markets
If your application is for touring existing work, you must apply to the Arts Across Canada: Circulation and Touring or Arts Abroad: Circulation and Touring components.
You can’t apply for activities that occur before your departure date or those that receive funding from another Canada Council program component or those on the general list of ineligible activities.
Who can apply
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis professional artists
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis aspiring artists working under the mentorship of a project-related mentor
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis arts/cultural professionals
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultural carriers
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis groups
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis for-profit organizations that have been in operation for at least 2 years
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis not-for-profit organizations not currently receiving core (operating) funding
Your eligibility to apply to this component is determined by the validated profile created in the portal.
Organizations presently receiving core grants cannot apply to this component. However, if you work within an organization that receives core funding, you can apply for projects not related to your organization’s activities by creating your own profile in the portal.
Deadline and Grant Amount