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Call for proposals to support initiatives aimed at combating the mistreatment and promoting the well-treatment of aboriginal seniors (2018-2019)

Context

The Aboriginal nations are experiencing significant social problems that stem from a history marked by iniquity, attempts at assimilation and systemic racism. The Aboriginal peoples have for centuries displayed a remarkable capacity to adapt to the significant pressures exercised on their way of life. Proud of their difference and imbued with their cultures, the Aboriginal peoples have never relinquished the assertion of their aspirations. However, the disturbing observations that are made today on the health of the Aboriginal communities demand vigorous action. The Québec government recognizes its responsibility to act and also acknowledges the urgency of doing so.

The Government Action Plan for the Social and Cultural Development of the First Nations and Inuit 2017-2022 takes note of the political and historical context in which the Québec government must act. The enhancement of the Aboriginal peoples’ living conditions is, from now on, a priority.

Aboriginal seniors’ living conditions are especially worrisome. A number of them are contending with the legacy of the residential schools in addition to poverty and social exclusion. The difficult social and economic conditions that prevail in certain Aboriginal communities are tending to aggravate the mistreatment from which a number of seniors suffer. It is difficult to compile accurate data, but community interveners agree that needs are widespread in Aboriginal communities to heighten awareness of elder abuse among the public, seniors, their families and loved ones.

Call for proposals to support initiatives aimed at combating the mistreatment and promoting the well-treatment of Aboriginal seniors

The Québec government recently reiterated its determination to combat the mistreatment of seniors, including Aboriginal seniors. The Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones (SAA) and the Ministère de la Famille (MF) will fund each year until 2021-2022 projects aimed at combating the mistreatment and promoting the well-treatment of Aboriginal seniors.

The maximum financial assistance granted to each organization is $15 000. The assistance is provided on an ad hoc basis but interested organizations can, however, submit projects each year, until 2022. Where appropriate, a project accepted can be funded each year for the entire duration of the action plan.

Objectives

In accordance with what was announced in the action plan, the Québec government hopes to establish a varied, effective, relevant, reassuring service offer from the standpoint of the Aboriginal cultures. In this perspective, the projects submitted must satisfy a twofold objective:

  • counteract the mistreatment of Aboriginal seniors;
  • promote the well-treatment of Aboriginal seniors.

We invite interested organizations to consult the action plan. We also invite them to consult the Governmental Action Plan to Counter Elder Abuse 2017-2022 of the Ministère de la Famille, which contains essential information on mistreatment and well-treatment and the first two

sections of the Guide de référence pour contrer la maltraitance envers les personnes aînées (2016). All of the documents are available online at:

First Nations and Inuit organizations and communities have until March 31st, 2018 to submit their projects.

To obtain additional information on the call for proposals, please contact the SAA (projetsponctuels-saa@mce.gouv.qc.ca)

Eligibility:

The following Aboriginal organizations are invited to submit projects:

  • the Aboriginal communities (band councils, tribal councils, northern villages);
  • non-profit Aboriginal organizations;
  • non-profit organizations (seniors’ residences, family centres);
  • groups of NPOs from the Aboriginal nations or communities.

Nature of the eligible projects

The financial assistance granted by the SAA and the MF must facilitate the realization of defined awareness-raising activities over a determined period and in the course of the fiscal year concerned. No project supported can be automatically renewed without the submission of a new application for financial assistance during a subsequent fiscal year.

The maximum financial assistance granted to each organization is $15 000. Eligible expenses are those directly related to the realization of the project that are not covered by other means and are deemed to be reasonable.

Submission of applications and forms

Interested organizations must submit their projects to the SAA using the “Application for financial assistance” form, by email or regular mail, specifying that the project submitted is in connection with the Call for proposals to support initiatives aimed at combating the mistreatment and promoting the well-treatment of Aboriginal seniors. The SAA reserves the right to exclude any project initiated or completed prior to the submission of the application for support. For the 2018-2019 fiscal year, projects can be submitted until October 12th, 2018.

  • Form: Application for financial assistance
  • Email: projetsponctuels-saa@mce.gouv.qc.ca
  • Postal address:
    Projets ponctuels autochtones (PPA)
    Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones
    905, avenue Honoré-Mercier, 1er étage
    Québec (Québec) G1R 5M6

Evaluation criteria respecting the projects submitted

  • Relevance and quality of the project in relation to the objectives
  • Likely, significant spinoff for Aboriginal seniors
  • Number and quality of the partnerships
  • Support from Aboriginal communities
  • Demonstration of financial requirements
  • Quality and relevance of the financial plan
  • Number of Aboriginal seniors affected

Accountability

A simplified final report including a breakdown of actual costs and project income must be submitted to the SAA no later than six months after completion of the project.

Signature gouvernementale
Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones
905, avenue Honoré-Mercier, 1er étage - Québec (Qc)  G1R 5M6 - 418 643-3166
Last update: September 25, 2018
Online as of: March 8, 2018