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Indigenous Natural Resource Partnerships

Budget 2022 made a commitment to renew and expand the Indigenous Natural Resource Partnerships (INRP) program beyond 2022.

Natural Resources Canada will share more information about the future of the program as it becomes available.

If you would like to be added to the program distribution list to receive updates on the INRP or have someone contact you to discuss a potential project, please send an email to the INRP inbox.

The Indigenous Natural Resource Partnerships (INRP) program is a renewed 2-year initiative to increase the participation of Indigenous communities and organizations in oil and gas infrastructure development in BC and/or Alberta.

INRP has $12 million of funding for projects that:

  • enhance the capacity of Indigenous communities to capitalize on business opportunities
  • facilitate access of Indigenous communities and/or organizations to information, tools and/or resources that support business, employment and training opportunities
  • support community and regional engagement regarding economic participation in energy infrastructure projects

NRCan is accepting an ongoing intake of applications for the INRP program. All projects must be completed by
March 31, 2022.

Preference may initially be given to projects that can proceed on a timely basis. Applications with project activities in this fiscal year (ending March 31, 2021) should be submitted no later than December 15, 2020.

Who can apply?

Recipients that are eligible for INRP funding must be based in BC and/or Alberta, and include:

  • Indigenous communities or governments (including Indian Act bands, self-governing First Nations, Métis Community Organizations, modern treaty implementation organizations including economic development corporations constituted under a modern treaty, etc.)
  • Tribal Councils or entities that fulfill a similar function (e.g., general council)
  • Regional Indigenous organizations
  • Indigenous not-for-profit (50% or greater control by Indigenous peoples) and for-profit (50% or greater control by an Indigenous community / communities) corporations, businesses, joint ventures
  • Academic institutions and research associations working with an Indigenous partner organization

NOTE: INRP is not funding businesses controlled by individual entrepreneurs.

Examples of 2019-20 INRP projects include:

  • Chu Cho Environmental (BC) – $80,000 for Building Technological Capacity for Chu Cho Environmental and Wai Wah Environmental to Increase Economic Participation in Energy Infrastructure Projects. This project is supporting Kitselas First Nation and their partner Tsay Keh Dene Nation in developing a cohesive digital strategy and implementation plan that will increase their capacity to participate individually and as partners in economic opportunities related to energy infrastructure projects.
  • Pimee Well Servicing (AB) – $350,000 for the Rig 11 Freestanding Double Rig Modernization Project. This project is supporting an Indigenous company, wholly-owned by six Alberta First Nations, in expanding their customer base and diversifying their services by undertaking a modernization project and retrofitting an oil rig.
  • First Nations Major Projects Coalition (BC & AB) – $1,350,000 for First Nations-Led Innovation in Advancing Major Project Development. This project is supporting the FNMPC in undertaking activities to increase the participation of their First Nations members in economic opportunities related to energy infrastructure.

To apply to the INRP: Please review the applicant guide and contact Sandia Wu, INRP Lead, at or 604.363.3864 (cell) to discuss your project idea and request an application form.

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