Environment and Climate Change Canada
Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk
The Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk (AFSAR) plays an important role in the recovery of species at risk on Indigenous lands by encouraging meaningful involvement of Indigenous Peoples and communities in the implementation of the Species at Risk Act. Funds are allocated to projects that protect habitat and contribute to the recovery of species at risk, as well as to projects that prevent other species from becoming a conservation concern.
The fund supports Indigenous organizations and communities across Canada in building their ability to participate in the protection and recovery of species at risk, preventing species from becoming a conservation concern, and recovering and protecting important habitat on Indigenous lands and waters.
Funding under AFSAR is separated into two streams:
- The AFSAR Species at Risk (SAR) Stream focuses on projects addressing the recovery of species at risk listed on Schedule 1 of SARA; and
- The AFSAR Prevention Stream focuses on projects addressing other species, beyond those listed on SARA, to prevent them from becoming a conservation concern.
- Indigenous associations/organizations
- Territorially based Indigenous groups
- District councils/Chief and council
- Traditional appointed advisory committees
- Indigenous corporations
- Tribal councils
- Indigenous partnerships and groups
- Indigenous school authorities
- Indigenous cultural education centres
- Indigenous land/resource management authorities
- Indigenous cooperatives
- Indigenous societies
- Indigenous boards and commissions
- Other organizations (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) if mandated by one of the above eligible recipients
Funding is Canada-wide. Projects must take place on:
- Reserves and Lands set apart for the use and benefit of Indigenous Peoples under the Indian Act or under section 91 (24) of the Constitution Act, 1867;
- Other lands directly controlled by Indigenous Peoples (e.g., Métis Settlement lands, and land claim/treaty settlement lands), and lands set aside in the Yukon and Northwest Territories pursuant to Cabinet Directive, circular No.27;
- Lands and waters where traditional activities (harvesting or other) are carried out; and
- Federal waters.
The application period for projects commencing in 2021-22 was January 19, 2021 to March 2, 2021, and is now closed.
In accordance with ECCC’s Grants and Contributions Service Standards, applicants receive an acknowledgement that their application was submitted successfully within five (5) working days of submitting an application. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and copy your regional AFSAR coordinator if you submitted an application but did not receive an acknowledgment.
For general ECCC or Canadian Wildlife Service inquiries, please contact 1-800-668-6767 or email@example.com.
If you have any further questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your regional AFSAR coordinator. Please note that regional AFSAR coordinators are available to answer questions during regular business hours, local time.
AFSAR Regional Coordinators
Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick
Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta
Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut