The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and the First Nations Schools Association (FNSA) are pleased to manage Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) 2022-2023 Cooperative Education Program (COOP) for the BC region. The COOP is a component of the First Nations & Inuit Youth Employment Strategy Program (FNIYES).

Key activities under the COOP include, but are not limited to:

  • Job shadowing opportunities
  • Career promotion workshops such as career counselling and career planning
  • Student training to promote job access, for example, First Aid; and
  • Role model / guest speaker presentations to promote careers and education planning.

The program 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 provisions of mentored school-based work and study opportunities such as cooperative education and internships; and
  • To help First Nation youth overcome barriers to employment.


Eligible recipients are First Nation Schools in BC. Eligible COOP participants are students in grades 7 to 12 who are enrolled in and attending a First Nation School and who are ordinarily resident on reserve.

Program Resources

  1. 2022-2023 COOP Guidelines
  2. 2022-2023 COOP Proposal Form – Due October 14, 2022
    Final Reports are due March 24, 2023.


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