The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and First Nations Schools Association (FNSA) are pleased to be managing the Department of Indigenous Services Canada (DISC) 2019-2020 Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) for First Nations schools. The Co-op Program activities are for students in grades 7 to 12 who are enrolled in and attending a First Nations school and who are ordinarily resident on reserve.

Proposal Deadline: Monday June 17, 2019

Cooperative Education Resources, 2019 – 2020

1. 2019-2020 Co-op Guidelines

2. 2019 2020 COOP Proposal Template

3. COOP Proposal Samples

4. Co-op Proposal tips

Final Report Forms are due back to FNESC on March 16, 2020


The Co-op has the following objectives:

  • to promote the benefits of education as key to labour market participation
  • to support the development and enhancement of essential employability skills among First Nations youth such as communication skills, problem solving and working with others
  • to introduce youth to a variety of career options
  • to support the provision of mentored school-based work and study opportunities such as co-operative education and internships
  • to help First Nation youth overcome barriers to employment

 Expected Results

Key expected results of the Co-op are:

  • enhanced employability skills for participating First Nations youth
  • increased awareness of the benefits of education
  • enhanced ability to make employment-related decisions
  • improved attitudes toward the transition from school to work
  • increased ability of First Nations youth to participate in the labour market


The key activities of  Co-op are:

  • training experiences that support youth in acquiring skills needed for work placements
  • career development information, including awareness and support activities like career fairs and leadership projects
  • career planning and counselling activities

Program Support

See full details in the Program Guidelines or contact us at 604-925-6087 if you have any questions.

Technical Support

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For any help, feel free to contact Brian Howard, Information Systems Coordinator at
1-855-260-8539 or