The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and the First Nations Schools Association (FNSA) jointly administer the First Nations & Inuit Youth Employment Strategy Skills Link Program (SLP).

This Program includes the following components:

  • Science and Technology                           
  • Career Promotion & Awareness             
  • Mentored/ICT Work Placements             

Please submit the Final Reports by March 25, 2022 via the online submission button on the proposal form, by fax to 604-925-6097, or by email to or the contact provided in the report form.

Program Resources

  1. 2021-2022 Skills Link Program Guidelines
  2. 2021-2022 Skills Link Program Final Report
  3. 2021-2022 Skills Link Program Eligible Expenditures Chart

Program 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 Nation and Inuit youth such as communication skills, problem solving and working with others
  • to introduce youth to a variety of career options
  • to help youth acquire skills by providing wage subsidies for mentored work experience
  • to help First Nation and Inuit youth overcome barriers to employment

Program Outcomes

  • enhanced employability skills for participating First Nation and Inuit youth
  • increased awareness of the benefits of education
  • enhanced ability to make employment-related decisions
  • increased appreciation for science and technology as a viable career/education choice
  • improved attitudes toward the transition from school to work
  • improved attitudes toward the transition from school to work
  • increased ability of First Nation and Inuit youth to participate in the labour market

Eligible Recipients

Eligible recipients are First Nations communities, governments and organizations in the British Columbia (BC) region. Eligible recipients may then enter into agreements with private sector and non-profit sector employers to access employment opportunities for youth.

Eligible Participants

Eligible participants include First Nations and Inuit youth ordinarily resident on reserve, in recognized communities or on community lands. Eligible participants have to be legally entitled to work in Canada.  Youth means persons aged 15 to 30 inclusive.

Mentored work placements, including Information and Communication Technology, are for youth who are not in school, or unemployed or underemployed.

For career promotion and science and technology activities, youth may be younger than 15 years of age.

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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