The APP supports the efforts of Aboriginal communities to develop innovative and culturally appropriate approaches to their cultural and social aspirations that further their community and personal prospects. It focuses on the unique challenges faced by Aboriginal women, youth and urban communities.
The objectives of the APP are:
- To strengthen Aboriginal cultural identity;
- To encourage the full participation of Aboriginal peoples in Canadian life; and
- To preserve and revitalize Aboriginal languages and cultures as living elements of Canadian society.
The APP offers the following funding elements to eligible Aboriginal organizations:
- Women’s Community Initiatives (WCI) – Supports Aboriginal women’s projects that address issues affecting them and their families, and that contribute to strengthening their cultural identity and traditions.
- Family Violence Initiative (FVI) – Supports community-based culturally – appropriate approaches to addressing the issue of family and violence within Aboriginal families.
- Women’s Self Government Participation Initiative (WSGP) – Supports Aboriginal women’s participation in self-government design and advancement.
Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI)
Supports community – based projects that contribute to the preservation and revitalization of Aboriginal languages.
Northern Aboriginal Broadcasting (NAB)
Supports the production and distribution of Aboriginal audio and video content.
Through other funding arrangements, Canadian Heritage also supports Aboriginal Peoples through the following programming elements:
Scholarships and Youth Initiatives (SYI)
Provides support to the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) to provide scholarships and career fairs for Aboriginal youth.
Territorial Language Accords (TLA)
Are partnerships with the Government of the Northwest Territories, and the Government of Nunavut for the preservation, development and enhancement of Aboriginal languages.
National Aboriginal Day (NAD)
Supports activities that provide opportunities to become better acquainted with the cultural diversity of Inuit, Métis and First Nations peoples, discover the unique accomplishments of Aboriginal peoples in fields as varied as agriculture, the environment and the arts, and celebrate their significant contribution to Canadian society.
National Aboriginal Achievement Awards (NAAA)
Supports the televising of the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards.