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Na-mi-quai-ni-mak Community Support Fund FAQ

Na-mi-quai-ni-mak (I remember them) Community Support Fund is a number of small grants made available through the NCTR and Parks Canada, to support community-based healing and remembrance.

Indigenous communities, Survivor organizations, and registered non-profit organizations can apply to the Na-mi-quai-ni-mak (I remember them) Community Support Fund to hold small gatherings and/or install commemorative markers to honour Residential School Survivors.  Please note, payments from the Fund cannot be made to individuals and require the support of a community organization.  The application form is available here (DOCX).

Written applications may be submitted in English, French or your preferred Indigenous language. Recognizing that some communities may experience barriers to applying, the NCTR will accept oral applications through recorded interviews via Zoom, Skype, or similar platform.

Please allow a minimum of three months between submitting your application and the start of your project to allow enough time to process your funding request.

Confirmation of community support can be in the form of a letter from Chief and Council, a letter from a Survivor organization, or a letter from another community-based Indigenous organization.

Aside from funding provided by the NCTR, funds were granted to NCTR by Parks Canada to create a program (Na-mi-quai-ni-mak) to assist community groups or organizations with their commemoration projects. Commemorations are specifically mentioned in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 79th Call to Action, which signals the importance of integrating Indigenous history, heritage values and memory practices into Canada’s public memory.

Some possible activities could include, but are not limited to:

  • Community-led healing gatherings
  • Ceremonial activities (memorial feasts, giveaways, etc.);
  • Memorial or commemorative markers (healing gardens, murals, carvings, plaques, etc.);
  • Maintenance of burial sites (fencing, cutting back overgrowth, etc.).

Applications will be reviewed by a Grants Committee comprised of Indigenous Elders and Residential School Survivors from across Canada.

You are welcome to submit your application (PDF) at any point in time. Applications are received on a rolling basis up to the program funding cap each year.

Funds can either be paid as a lump sum amount or receipts can be submitted for reimbursement. 

The maximum amount of money available through the program is $7,000.00 ($7,500.00 for Northern or remote locations) per commemoration project, although more may be available for healing gatherings.

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NCTR’s spirit name – bezhig miigwan, meaning “one feather”.

Bezhig miigwan calls upon us to see each Survivor coming to the NCTR as a single eagle feather and to show those Survivors the same respect and attention an eagle feather deserves. It also teaches we are all in this together — we are all one, connected, and it is vital to work together to achieve reconciliation.