Government of Canada

Canadian Heritage promotes an environment in which all Canadians take full advantage of dynamic cultural experiences, celebrating our history and heritage, and participating in building creative communities. Our vision is one of a Canada where all Canadians can celebrate our rich cultural diversity, our shared experiences and values, and where all can gain a greater understanding and appreciation of our history, heritage, and communities. We see a Canada that invests in the future by supporting the arts, our two official languages and our athletes. A Canada that is confident in a world of choice, at the forefront of the creative economy and a leader in the digital world.

Canadian Heritage Award

Canadian Heritage is committed to helping Indigenous youth build a better future for themselves. Scholarships and Youth Initiatives supports and encourages Indigenous youth to reach higher levels of education by providing them with scholarships based on merit and need. Students interested in the Program can apply directly to Indspire. The Scholarships and Youth Initiatives is part of the Aboriginal Peoples’ Program, which focuses on strengthening cultural identity, encouraging full participation in Canadian life and on supporting the preservation and revitalization of Indigenous cultures and languages.

Awards Criteria

Awards Category: Fine Arts Awards
Deadline: August 1
Program of Study: Any
Level of Study: Any
Indigenous Affiliation: Any


Health and Dental Awards

The Government of Canada is proud to work with Indspire to raise awareness among First Nation, Inuit, and Métis, of various health career options, as well as to increase the number of First Nation, Inuit, and Métis health professionals in Canada. Since 1998, the Government of Canada has supported Indspire’s work to administer the Indigenous health careers bursary and scholarship program. We continue to support this work today through the Government of Canada’s Aboriginal Health Human Resources Initiative, which was created to address the shortages of Indigenous health care providers. This initiative provides financial support to First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students who are pursuing accredited health studies for employment in the health professions. The Government of Canada’s ongoing partnership with Indspire is helping to increase the number of Indigenous people working in the healthcare field and providing health care services to their people and other Canadians.

Scholarships and bursaries annually for Indigenous students pursuing post-secondary health and dental programs.

Awards Criteria

Awards Category: Health Careers Awards
Deadlines: August 1, November 1, February 1
Program of Study: Any
Level of Study: Any
Indigenous Affiliation: Any


Scholarships and Bursaries

Awards Criteria

Awards Category: Post-Secondary
Deadlines: August 1, November 1, February 1
Program and Level of Study:
General post-secondary education programs: Full-time or part-time study in a number of disciplines; certificate, diploma, or degree programs of no less than two academic years (university, technical college, or CEGEP); one-year, full-time degree programs at the graduate level; or study outside of Canada only at the graduate level.

Fine Arts: Diploma, degree, or certificate programs and advanced training. Full-time or part-time.

Trades or pre-apprenticeship trades programs: Full-time or part-time certificate or diploma programs of no less than one academic year in duration.

Indigenous Affiliation: Status First Nation and Inuit
Other: Students eligible for First Nation or territorial funding are required to first apply under those programs. This ensures that there is no overlap of funding provided by Indigenous Services Canada’s other education initiatives, this scholarship and bursary funding. If an applicant will not be receiving First Nation or territorial funding, documentation confirming this is required.


Legal Studies for Native People Awards

The Legal Studies for Native People Program supports Indigenous people in building a better future for themselves and promotes equitable representation of Indigenous people in the law profession. The award is available to Métis and non-status First Nation students enrolled in a pre-law or law program at an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution.

Awards Criteria

Awards Category: Law Careers Awards
Deadline: August 1
Program of Study: Pre-Law or Law
Level of Study: Any
Indigenous Affiliation: Métis, non-status First Nations