The First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program supports initiatives that help young people to acquire the essential skills that will help them gain employment and function well in the workplace, and to learn about various career options. Another goal is to promote the benefits of education to labour force participation. Projects may include career fairs, co-operative education projects and other school-based work and study opportunities.
First Nations and Inuit youth ordinarily resident on-reserve or in recognized communities or on community lands.
For career promotion and science and technology activities, youth may be younger than 15 years of age.
First Nations and Inuit governments and organizations may submit proposals that:
Proposals will be reviewed and approved by the AANDC regional office or by the First Nations or Inuit organization managing the program.
Funding will be distributed to eligible recipients according to AANDC's funding authorities.
The Skills Link Program Report is required by March 31.
The Mentored and ICT Work Placements – Youth Evaluations are to be completed by each participant and are required by March 31.
Regional Organizations, that administer the program on behalf of AANDC, are to submit the report by May 15.
If the Program Report is not submitted within 30 days of the above applicable date, the recipient will not be eligible for funding in the following fiscal year.
These forms are to be used to gather information and feedback from the youth who participate in various activities as part of the Skills Link Program to gather the data needed by the First Nation / Community that will demonstrate that program objectives are being met.
The following forms are NOT to be submitted to AANDC but should be kept on file at the community level for evaluation purposes.
Data Collection Tools:
Mentored and ICT Work Placement Roll Up Spreadsheet
Co-operative Education Placement Roll Up Spreadsheet
Science and Technology Activity Roll Up Spreadsheet
Career Promotion and Awareness Activity Roll Up Spreadsheet
Skills Link Guidelines
The First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program also supports annual National Science Camps. These camps bring together First Nations and Inuit Youth representing every region across Canada for a week of activities designed to foster interest in science and technology and to encourage the young people to consider a career in these fields.
The First National Science Camp was held in Alberta in 2002 and since then Science camps have been held in various provinces across Canada: Ontario (2003), Manitoba (2004), Yukon (2005), Atlantic (2007), Northwest Territories (2009), Ontario (2010) and Nunavut (2011). These camps have been an ongoing success each time they were held. They provide youth with firsthand experience of the world of science and technology and exposure to professionals working in these disciplines, through tours, presentations and other activities.