Secrétariat à la jeunesse - Gouvernement du Québec

Secrétariat à la jeunesse - Ensemble pour les générations présentes et futures

Secrétariat à la jeunesse - Ensemble pour les générations présentes et futures

Citizen Participation Among Aboriginal Youths

1. Background

Enhancing participation and engagement of young people in their community is a concrete way of developing their capacity to act.

The Government Action Plan for Social and Cultural Development of the First Nations and Inuit aims at contributing to motivate Indigenous youth. The Gouvernement du Québec wishes to support Indigenous communities so that they may assist their young people in their life journey and provide services that will help them become active citizens able to play a productive central role for the development and vitality of their communities and of Québec society as a whole.

In this action plan, the Gouvernement du Québec demonstrates its interest in promoting innovation projects and initiatives that will offer original solutions consistent with social realities, to provide benefits to the people of the community as well as more lasting responses to their needs.

The 2030 Québec Youth Policy (the Youth Policy) is exclusively for young people and encourages citizen participation and civic engagement. It thus contributes to the integration of young people into the community, to the establishment and reinforcement of a feeling of belonging and to an awareness of what it is possible to achieve when one is concretely involved in his or her community.

Through its Youth Policy, the government aims at supporting projects that will promote the engagement of young people in their communities and that will be adapted to the realities of Indigenous people. It wishes to support innovative initiatives that will help place Indigenous youth at the centre of the social and cultural development of the community.

2. Objectives

Enhancement of citizen participation, capacity for action and community development by putting forward projects in partnership with Indigenous youth.

2.1. Targeted objectives

  • Contribute to the inclusion and involvement of Indigenous youth in their community and in Québec society and foster citizen participation and harmonious coexistence.
  • Promote the establishment of collaborative initiatives between Indigenous people and Québec’s networks as well as between Indigenous people and the local and regional communities.
  • Offer young Indigenous people the opportunity to be active in their community and to take charge of the development of adapted solutions in a context where some of their vulnerabilities may be heightened.

3. Definitions

3.1. Citizen participation

Citizen participation is the expression of citizenship through the practice of public, social and electoral participation.

Learning about and exercising citizenship implies that people share a concern for the enrichment of the collective future and contribute to it as best as they can. Indigenous communities must be able to rely on people who have the skills and the willingness to participate.  Since poverty and social exclusion are often related to a low level of participation in the economic, cultural and political life of the community, young people caught up in these situations require special attention.

For young people, citizen participation contributes to their integration in the community, to the establishment and strengthening of their sense of belonging, and to increasing their awareness of what can be achieved through concrete social involvement.

3.2. Capacity to act

The individual and collective capacity to act represents the condition in which a person or community possesses the capacity to exercise power, namely to choose freely, to convert its choices into decisions, to act according to them and to be ready to accept the consequences of their actions.

Working with a view to strengthening the capacity to act implies recognizing the principle of self-determination of communities and of their members. The latter are well positioned to define their needs to determine what changes are desirable in their communities and to find solutions through which to make these changes.

3.3. Community development

This is a transformation process that relies on the participation and consultation of citizens and other stakeholders in a community to identify their problems and the solutions to apply. It aims to improve the living conditions of a community and to implement means through which to respond to local issues.

3.4. Youth

The program is aimed at young people aged 15 to 29. However, this definition must not be considered rigid; some provisions may apply to those under the age of 15, while others may extend beyond the age of 29, when required by the context.

4. Eligibility

To be eligible for financing, the projects must:

  • Be consistent with the objectives mentioned above;
  • Foster the civic involvement of Indigenous youth;
  • Target Native people aged 15 to 29, or beginning at age 12 if prevention is involved.

Examples of eligible projects:

  • Creation of a coop structure by youth;
  • Implementation of an initiative proposed by a youth council;
  • Awareness campaign on an issue facing youth, developed by youth;
  • Organizing a discussion session with young people on the quality of life within the community;
  • Participation of a youth group in workshops aiming to acquire skills in community mobilization;
  • Presentation by young people of workshops on sustainable development;
  • Initiative enabling young people to participate in existing activities within the community.

4.1. Eligible organizations

  • Communities of Indigenous nations recognized by the National Assembly of Québec;
  • Non-profit Indigenous organizations or the equivalent;
  • Non-profit organizations that provide or wish to provide services to Indigenous youth;
  • The Assembly of First Nations of Québec and Labrador and its commissions.

4.2. How to submit an application

In order to prepare your subsidy application, we encourage you to associate with partners in the community (e.g. mobilization coordinators).

Every application must absolutely include the following information:

  • A description of the proposed project:
    • specifying to which of the above-mentioned targeted objectives the project is intended to respond;
    • stating its objective(s);
    • identifying the target group(s) and their needs;
    • mentioning the anticipated spinoffs and effects on the group(s) targeted;
    • indicating what activities and resources must be deployed for its completion;
    • including the implementation schedule.
  • A breakdown of the financial structure demonstrating, in particular:
    • the financial needs;
    • the anticipated sources of funding.
  • The organization’s financial statements for the year prior to the current year.

Examples of projects that are not eligible:

  • Basic and routine activities (the operational activities that are usually or regularly carried out by an organization, a youth council, etc.);
  • Literary publications;
  • Socio-occupational re-integration projects;
  • Training workshops on a social issue;
  • Organizing and hosting of events or activities such as:
    • tournaments;
    • a pow-wow;
    • games;
    • galas;
    • celebrations.
  • Projects including activities that do not allow compliance with the rules issued by public health due to the Covid-19 situation.

4.3. Eligible expenses

The following expenses are eligible:

  • The portion of wages and payroll taxes corresponding to the time devoted by an employee or resource hired for the project implementation;
  • Communication costs and equipment;
  • Travel and accommodation expenses relating to the project implementation in compliance with the rules issued by public health due to the Covid-19 situation;
  • Evaluation costs;
  • Translation costs;
  • Other direct costs related to the nature of the project;
  • Project management costs (limited to 10% of the financial assistance granted).

5. Financial Assistance

The financial assistance will take the form of a non-refundable contribution:

  • of at most $50,000 per organization;
  • which may cover eligible expenses up to 100%.

Eligible organizations must declare all confirmed and anticipated sources of funding in their application. The Secrétariat à la jeunesse will ensure that no other source of funding will contribute to reimbursement of the same expenses.

6. Follow-Up And Reporting

The subsidy will be granted following an announcement made to an organization whose project has been selected. This will be accompanied by a letter setting out the reporting procedures, which includes a report that must contain:

  • a complete report of activities carried out;
  • a description of the results achieved in relation to the objectives set;
  • the financial report of the project.

This document shall be accompanied by a financial report and the supporting documents explaining the use of the annual subsidy.

7. General information

  • Project duration: a maximum of one year beginning from confirmation of the financial assistance;
  • Amount of assistance granted by the Secrétariat à la jeunesse: a maximum of $50,000;
  • This budgetary envelope will be open to finance projects until the amounts available for this measure are exhausted.

8. How to submit a project

Important: Before submitting a project, please contact Ms Valérie Picard Lavoie, program coordinator ( or, (418) 643-8864, ext. 2428) to obtain the confirmation that funds are still available:

  • Send the project presentation form together with all required documents to the Secrétariat à la jeunesse:
  • Send the complete file by email to the following address:

An acknowledgement will be sent to all organizations having submitted a project. Only eligible files presenting all the required documents will be analysed on an ongoing basis until the envelope attributable to this program is exhausted.

At the end of the selection process, a letter will be sent to all organizations that have submitted a project to inform them of the decision on their file.

See also

Mobilisation citoyenne de jeunes Autochtones

Mise à jour : September 25, 2020
Mise en ligne : April 30, 2019