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Support for consultation

The support for consultation component of the Aboriginal Initiatives Fund II (AIF II), with a total budget of $20 million over five years, provides funding for Aboriginal nations or communities that are planning to participate in the consultation processes initiated by the Gouvernement du Québec. The objective of this budget is to facilitate the application of the constitutional obligation incumbent upon the Gouvernement du Québec in this field.

A. General terms

In order to have access to this budget, an Aboriginal nation or community must have been solicited by a government department, a government agency or a government corporation to have the nation or community take part in a consultation process as outlined in the Interim Guide for Consulting the Aboriginal Communities (Interim Guide). Aboriginal nations or communities that present projects of a structuring nature facilitating their participation in consultations initiated by the Gouvernement du Québec, pursuant to the Interim Guide, will also have access to this component of the program.

B. Eligible organizations

  1. Aboriginal nations and communities that are recognized by the Québec National Assembly;
  2. Organizations mandated by one or more Aboriginal nations or communities to take part in consultations.

C. Eligible projects

Consultation Office

  1. Set-up and operation of consultation offices that allow a nation or community to participate in consultation processes initiated by the Gouvernement du Québec under the Interim Guide;
  2. Other activities by Aboriginal nations and communities that allow them to achieve the goals sought by the consultation processes initiated by the Gouvernement du Québec;
  3. Participation in certain consultation activities among partners, prior to consultation processes.

Strategic Initiatives

  1. Projects of a structuring nature related to consultations may also be eligible for this component of the program. These projects should, notably, facilitate consultation work between the Gouvernement du Québec and Aboriginal nations or communities or contribute to developing a nation’s or community’s capacity to participate in consultations. These projects will be subject to separate agreements.

D. Eligible expenses

The eligible expenses include:

  1. Operating expenses of consultation offices;
  2. Consulting fees not exceeding current rates regulated by the Gouvernement du Québec;
  3. Travel expenses not exceeding current rates regulated by the Gouvernement du Québec;
  4. Expenses incurred to attend meetings or assemblies;
  5. Expenses related to the production, preparation, drafting or translation of documents;
  6. All other reasonable related expenses that can be linked to the eligible projects.

E. Determining of the financial assistance

The maximum amount of financial assistance granted, in the form of non-refundable contribution, will be determined by taking into account the sectoral opinions from the departments working in the consultation process as well as comparable agreements. The needs related to the consultation office’s activities as well as the volume of anticipated consultation work will be the key elements taken into consideration during this assessment.
The maximum financial assistance may reach 100% of the costs of eligible consultation activities.

F. Conditions of payment and reporting

All authorized projects will be the subject of a funding agreement between the eligible organization and the Gouvernement du Québec. The agreement will define the consultation activities, conditions for the payment of financial assistance and commitments of the parties. Moreover, this agreement will provide for a reporting process

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Online as of: November 2, 2012