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Small Research Grants Fund

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) is thrilled to announce the first call for proposals to the Small Research Grants Fund for Canadian university faculty members.

A key part of the NCTR’s mandate is to continue the research work begun by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and in this way contribute to the continuing healing of First Nations, Inuit, the Métis Nation and Canada as a whole. In working toward this goal, the NCTR seeks to foster and support research with our Partner Institutions. These grants aim to support the current focus areas of the NCTR’s research:  

  • Indigenous peoples’ cultural revitalization, including Indigenous peoples’ self-determination, knowledge systems, oral histories, knowledges, languages, perspectives, methodologies, laws, protocols, and connections to the land    
  • Gaining a broader understanding of residential school system (non-IRSSA schools, day schools, ‘60s scoop,  Métis peoples’ experiences), including intergenerational impacts     
  • Addressing the ongoing legacies of colonialism that have had destructive impacts on Indigenous peoples’ education, cultures and languages, health, child welfare, administration of justice, and economic opportunities and prosperity   
  • Closing the gaps in social, health, and economic outcomes that exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians   

There are seven (7) grants available, each valued up to a maximum of $7000.00. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2022. 

Special consideration will be given to applications from Indigenous researchers, that make use of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation archives or other resources, or that benefit the North.

Please refer to the application form for additional details about the grants and application process. 

If you have any questions about the Small Research Grants please contact  

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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.