Submit your mandatory Notice of Intent
If you are applying for a fish or wildlife grant in our Peace Region, you must submit a mandatory Notice of Intent (NOI).
The NOI is an important part of our commitment to First Nations. It helps inform First Nations about your proposed project and allows our Peace Region Manager, Chelsea Coady, to provide you with additional guidance before submitting your grant application.
Start your Peace Region online grant application and follow the instructions to complete and submit your Notice of Intent.
Follow our guidance for contacting First Nations
Your NOI will be reviewed by our First Nations Working Group and you will receive notice by email advising you to contact specific First Nations in our Peace Region to discuss your proposed project.
We expect your initial contact with specific First Nations will occur well in advance of the grant application deadline (i.e. within one week of receiving written notice of the First Nations you have been directed to contact). Your initial contact will be via email and should include the following information clearly and concisely:
1) map of project location; 2) an overview of the project’s expected objectives or research questions (one to two sentences); 3) a summary paragraph outlining your proposed approach and timelines (three to four sentences); and 4) your initial intentions for First Nations involvement in your project (two to three sentences).
When you hear back from your First Nations’ contacts, use these points to guide your next discussion:
1. First Nations priorities’ and values: Discuss specific priorities and values for the First Nations and identify how this information can be incorporated into the project scope.
2. Community activity timelines: Discuss the timelines of the project activities relative to traditional, cultural, or community activities, and how to ensure there is no conflict between activities.
3. Traditional knowledge: Discuss if there are opportunities to incorporate traditional and local knowledge into the project scope.
4. Training opportunities: Discuss and determine First Nations’ training opportunities related to the project (e.g. electrofishing certification). Costs associated with First Nations’ training can be included as a budget line item in the project application.
5. Employment approach: Discuss preferred approach to hiring First Nations’ members who may be involved in the project and determine appropriate daily rates for First Nations (e.g. hiring members on an individual basis or hiring through the First Nation or a First Nation-owned company).
6. Level of involvement: FWCP encourages meaningful involvement of First Nations to strengthen and maintain relationships with First Nations. FWCP has defined four types of relationships or support by First Nations:
1) Financial or in-kind support – A First Nation contributes funds or in-kind services that increase the total value of the project;
2) Support in principle – A First Nation provides a letter of support for the project but is not directly involved in the project;
3) Working relationship – Budgeted involvement in the project (e.g. First Nations’ technicians employed through the project).
4) Project development support – A First Nation contributes to project development and implementation.
When completing your online grant application, you will be required to indicate the level of First Nation involvement in your project.
First Nations need to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI)
Even First Nations applying for an FWCP grant are required to submit a mandatory Notice of Intent (NOI). The Peace Region Manager may provide you with additional guidance before submitting your grant application.