First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy
Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)'s First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES) supports initiatives to provide First Nations and Inuit youth with work experience, information about career options and opportunities to develop skills to help gain employment and develop careers.
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.
The FNIYES is part of the Government of Canada's effort to enhance Indigenous Canadians' education, participation in the labour market and economic success. It is a component of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy led by Employment and Social Development Canada.
ISC is responsible, under the Youth Employment Strategy, for employment and skills development for First Nations and Inuit youth.
The FNIYES has an annual budget of $26 million. Since its launch in 1997, it has provided close to 150,000 opportunities to First Nations and Inuit youth. More than 600 First Nations and Inuit communities design and implement projects each year.
The strategy also helps First Nations and Inuit youth, between the ages of 15 and 30, who are ordinarily resident on reserve or in recognized communities:
- develop and enhance essential employability skills
- get exposed to a variety of career options
- understand the benefits of education as key to labour market participation
- gain co-operative education work and study opportunities
ISC delivers two programs under the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy:
- the First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program supports initiatives to help First Nations and Inuit youth acquire skills, prepare for full-time employment and earn income to support post-secondary education, through summer work experience
- the First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program supports initiatives that help First Nations and Inuit youth acquire essential employability and job-related skills, and to learn about job and career options, to prepare for employment and career development