We are currently accepting grant applications for the FirstVoices program.
Application Period * CLOSED *
FirstVoices grants will fund communities to:
  • collaborate on B.C. First Nations language archives;
  • fund the development of new archives; and

FirstVoices grants fund projects for First Nations in B.C. to document their language using FirstVoices is an online platform where communities can record dictionaries, alphabets, songs, stories, words and phrases as well as audio and video archives. 

Having your language available online makes it accessible for future generations and to community members who live outside of your community. 

Funding Amounts: Funding requests are up to $50,000 for 1 year and $100,000 for 2 years.

Year 1:
July 1st, 2020 to June 30th 2021
Year 2: July 1st, 2021 to June 30th 2022

Eligibility: First Nations communities in B.C., including governments, bands, tribal councils and Indigenous organizations including cultural, language and education centres

We want to support you in submitting a strong application for your FirstVoices Project. Please take some time to review the application example and Funding Guide:

FirstVoices – Funding Guide [PDF]

We encourage applications that focus on community collaboration. For more information on why collaboration is important and how it can be achieved and supported by FirstVoices staff, please review our Community Collaboration Info Sheet and Community Sharing Agreement Template:

FirstVoices – Community Collaboration 1-pager [PDF]
FirstVoices – Community Sharing Agreement Template [PDF]

Apply now! 
We are accepting grant applications online using the FPCC Grant Portal. The portal makes it simpler and faster to apply for funding while placing all your grant information at your fingertips.  

To learn more about the FPCC Grant Portal: click here

We are here to help!
We are here to provide support. If you need any assistance, please contact: 

Office: (250) 652-5952 (ext. 222)
Cell: (250) 882-8919

Examples of what can be done with a FirstVoices grant:

To view current public FirstVoices archives, click here
To learn more about Version 2.0, click here

For videos about FirstVoices and how to use the FirstVoices recording equipment, check out our YouTube page.

Overview of FirstVoices

FirstVoices is our internationally recognized online Indigenous language archiving and teaching resource that allows indigenous communities to document their language for future generations. 

FirstVoices provides state-of-the-art technologies, training and technical support to community language champions.

Teams of fluent Elders and technically savvy youth upload dictionaries, alphabets, songs, stories, words and phrases as well as audio and video to their community archives. 

Communities wishing to establish their own language resources at are encouraged to contact the FirstVoices Coordinator/Trainer, Kyra Fortier at

FirstVoices projects include:

FirstVoices Kids  – a set of interactive online games providing pre-readers with access to the language resources at 

FirstVoices Dictionary Apps– interactive dictionary/phrase apps in B.C.’s First Nations languages for the iPod, iPad and iPhone. (Twelve are now available with five more on the way). The apps contain text, audio, image and video content and are available as free downloads from the iTunes store.

FirstVoices Keyboards– contains keyboard software for over 100 languages, and includes every First Nations language in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, plus many languages in the USA.