First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)'s First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES) supports initiatives to provide First Nations and Inuit youth with work experience, information about career options and opportunities to develop skills to help gain employment and develop careers.

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About the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy

The First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy is part of the Government of Canada's effort to enhancing Indigenous Canadians' education, participation in the labour market and economic success.

The FNIYES has an annual budget of $24 million. Since its launch in 1997, the FNIYES has provided close to 150,000 opportunities to First Nations and Inuit youth. More than 600 First Nations and Inuit communities design and implement projects each year.

The FNIYES helps First Nations and Inuit youth, between the ages of 15 and 30, who are ordinarily resident on-reserve or in recognized communities:

  • develop and enhance essential employability skills
  • get exposed to a variety of career options
  • understand the benefits of education as key to labour market participation
  • gain co-operative education work and study opportunities

INAC delivers two programs under the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy:

  • the First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program supports initiatives to help First Nations and Inuit youth acquire skills, prepare for full-time employment and earn income to support post-secondary education, through summer work experience
  • the First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program supports initiatives that help First Nations and Inuit youth acquire essential employability and job-related skills, and to learn about job and career options, to prepare for employment and career development

Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy

The FNIYES is a component of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES) led by Employment and Social Development Canada. The YES was launched in 1997 to help youth enhance their employability skills while increasing the number of skilled young Canadians in the workforce.

Eleven federal government departments are involved in delivering YES initiatives.

INAC is responsible for employment and skills development under the YES for First Nations and Inuit youth.

Additional federal employment programs for youth

Employment resources

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