The Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk (AFSAR), established in 2004-2005, supports the development of Indigenous capacity to participate actively in the implementation of Species at Risk Act (SARA). The protection of species at risk in Canada depends upon a meaningful collaboration with Indigenous People and organizations. The Act recognizes the important role that Indigenous Peoples play in wildlife conservation and the need to consider Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge (ATK) in the assessment of which species may be at risk, as well as in the development and implementation of protection and recovery measures. The overall goals of AFSAR are to contribute to the recovery of species at risk and their habitat, as well as to prevent other species from becoming a conservation concern.
The AFSAR program allocates approximately $4.5 million a year to projects on Indigenous lands and waters.
Funding under AFSAR is separated into two streams:
- The AFSAR Species at Risk 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.
For both streams activities must take place in Canada on reserves, lands set apart for the use and benefit of Aboriginal Peoples under the Indian Act, other lands directly controlled by Indigenous Peoples, lands and waters where traditional activities are carried out or federal waters.
Please contact Environment and Climate Change Canada's regional offices for more information on how to apply to AFSAR for terrestrial projects and Fisheries and Oceans Canada regional offices for more information on how to apply to AFSAR for aquatic projects.
Timelines and How to Apply
The 2018-2019 annual call for proposals is now closed.
Please refer to the Environmental funding programs page for details on the 2019-2020 annual call for proposals.