The New Relationship Trust is excited to announce the launch of the Indigenous Food Security Program (IFS), opening August 01, 2023. This groundbreaking initiative, backed by a $30-million investment from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, aims to empower Indigenous communities by strengthening their distinct local food systems. By revitalizing traditional production, harvest, and preservation practices and leveraging Indigenous knowledge, the program seeks to enhance Indigenous farming practices in response to a changing climate.
The primary goal of the program is to promote equitable participation in British Columbia’s agriculture economy and address food insecurity within Indigenous communities. Support will be provided to foster sustainable food production, bolster community food security, and encourage active involvement of Indigenous communities and businesses in the agriculture and food sectors.
Eligible applicants based in B.C. include First Nation communities, Tribal Councils, Metis Nation Chartered Communities, Indigenous-led non-profit organizations, and Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs engaged in food production or processing. See more details on our website at Food Security.
The program offers two funding streams:
Stream 1 provides up to $150,000 for planning and design activities.
Stream 2 offers up to $250,000 for project implementation.
Applications will be accepted during specific intake periods listed below.
The New Relationship Trust will collaborate with Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFI’s) in B.C. to support the delivery of the IFS grants. Applicants may be referred to an AFI for further screening and approval.
For those interested in applying or seeking assistance, the IFS staff can be reached at FS@nrtf.ca and they aim to respond within 5 business days.
Intake #1: August 1, 2023, to December 1, 2023
Intake #2: May 1, 2024, to December 1, 2024
Intake #3: May 1, 2025, to December 1, 2025
The Indigenous Food Security Program is a significant step towards building thriving and self-reliant Indigenous communities and ensuring a sustainable future for all.
The Indigenous communities cited in the Mission Statement are People living within the Thompson, Shuswap, Nicola, Fraser Canyon, Lillooet and Okanagan areas.
This includes persons, groups, or businesses living both on and off reserves as well as in urban or rural settings. The Boards' main objectives include the creation and strengthening Indigenous business development and formation of programming and support measures to prepare Indigenous people entering the labour market.
While there are subsequent Community Futures Development Corporations within our geographical area, the Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations is dedicated to the unique economic development needs of Indigenous Communities.
CFDC of CIFN is here to support.
Our hearts & prayers go out to everyone.