The purpose of this letter is to provide First Nations and Inuit communities and institutions with the opportunity to access funding through the 2011-2012 Lands Environmental Action Fund (LEAF). This funding is available for First Nations and Inuit to undertake a variety of initiatives related to environmental stewardship. LEAF funding is being provided to First Nations and Inuit governments, organizations, communities and appointed representatives to address environmental concerns on reserve lands and support environmental awareness and training. Prospective applicants should review the attached LEAF Aboriginal Environmental Stewardship 2011-2012 Funding Guidelines for further information on eligibility criteria.
While all projects that meet the Proposal Evaluation Criteria will be considered, for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, the Department is placing an emphasis on projects that address environmental regulatory compliance issues on-reserve such as fuel storage tanks, waste sites, environmental assessment, Species at Risk or other federal and provincial environmental protection legislation.