First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program

The 2018-2019 call for proposals to support activities under the First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program is now open. The deadline to submit a proposal is April 13, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

This program helps First Nation and Inuit youth acquire essential employment skills and learn about job and career options. It is one of two programs under the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES).

To further help support Canada’s newest workers in making the transition from school to work, and to help them get a strong start in their careers, the Government of Canada has invested approximately $100 million over 3 years in 2017-2018 towards the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy: Skills Link and Summer Work Experience programs.

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About the program

The First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program supports activities that assist youth in acquiring the essential skills that will help them gain employment, function well in the workplace, and learn about job and career options.

Activities may include career promotion, science and technology activities, co-operative education placements and internships and mentored work placements.

The program:

Funding is provided to eligible First Nations and Inuit communities, governments and organizations, as well as not-for-profit associations, schools and employers who then provide activities for First Nation and Inuit youth.

Who can apply?

Organizations receiving funding through this program may also enter into agreements with private sector and not-for-profit organizations to support these activities.

Not-for-profit organizations and private sector employers may be eligible for direct funding for activities that provide opportunities for eligible First Nations and Inuit youth and fall within program guidelines. Not-for-profit organizations may be eligible to receive funding to cover up to 100% of eligible expenditures. Private sector employers may be eligible to receive funding to cover funding up to 50% of eligible expenditures.

Eligible youth participants

Mentored work placements, including information and communication technology placements, are for youth who are not in school, or are unemployed or underemployed.

Ordinarily resident-on-reserve means that eligible youth live on-reserve, do not maintain a primary residence off-reserve, and may be temporarily off-reserve for the primary purpose of seeking education.

Co-operative education placements are for students in grades 7 to 12 (secondary 1 to secondary 5), enrolled in and attending a federal or band-operated school. For activities promoting careers and science and technology, youth may be younger than 15 years of age.

Deadline

The deadline to submit a proposal is April 13, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

How to apply?

Applicants must submit detailed proposals for the activities to be undertaken over the course of the agreement.

Proposals must:

Proposals are reviewed and approved by the Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) regional office or the First Nations or Inuit organization managing the program for their member communities.

Consult: First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy: Skills Link Program: National Program Guidelines 2018-2019.

For First Nations and Inuit communities, governments and organizations:

Recipients who have access to the ISC Services Portal can access the proposal form by opening a session on the portal. Applicants who have access to the ISC Services Portal should use the electronic form by opening a session on the portal. If you do not have access to the portal, contact your INAC regional office. For more information, e-mail aadnc.education-education.aandc@canada.ca or call 1-800-567-9604.

For not-for-profit organizations and private sector employers:

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National science camps

The Skills Link program also supports National Science Camps. Held annually, these camps offer a great opportunity to bring together First Nations and Inuit youth from across Canada. The week of activities is designed to promote interest in science and technology and encourage youth to consider a career in these fields.

The National Science Camps have been held in various regions across Canada.

Photographs from previous National Science Camps can be viewed here:

To find out about the next National Science Camp and how students are selected contact your ISC regional office.

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