The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and First Nations Schools Association (FNSA) jointly manage the Department of Indigenous Services Canada (DISC) First Nations & Inuit Youth Employment Strategy Co-operative Education Program for First Nations schools.

Objectives

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 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

Key activities include: 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; and career planning and counselling activities.

The First Nations Schools Association and First Nations Education Steering Committee jointly deliver the Indigenous Services Canada First Nations & Inuit Youth Employment Strategy Co-operative Education Program for First Nations schools in British Columbia.

See full details in the program guidelines.

Eligibility

Eligible recipients are First Nations schools on reserve. Eligible Co-op participants are students in grades 7 to 12 who are enrolled in and attending a First Nations 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.

Contact

Please contact programs@fnesc.ca for program questions and support.