First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program

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The 2021 to 2022 call for proposals to support activities under the First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program is now closed. The deadline to submit a proposal was February 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm, Eastern time.

This program helps First Nations and Inuit youth acquire essential employment skills and learn about job and career options.

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The First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program is one of 2 programs under the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy.

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About the program

This program supports activities that assist youth in acquiring the essential skills that will help them gain employment, function well in the workplace and learn about job and career options.

Activities may include career promotion, science and technology activities, co-operative education placements and internships and mentored work placements.

The program:

Funding is provided to eligible First Nations and Inuit communities, governments and organizations, as well as not-for-profit associations, schools and employers who then provide activities for First Nations and Inuit youth.

Who can apply

Eligible recipients may then enter into agreements with private sector and non-profit sector employers to access employment opportunities for youth. Not-for-profit organizations and private sector employers may be eligible for direct funding for activities that provide opportunities for eligible First Nations and Inuit youth and fall within program guidelines. Not-for-profit organizations may be eligible to receive funding to cover up to 100% of eligible expenditures. Private sector employers may be eligible to receive funding to cover funding up to 50% of eligible expenditures.

Eligible youth participants

First Nations and Inuit youth aged 15 to 30 who are either:

or

Mentored work placements are for youth who are not in school, or are unemployed or underemployed.

Ordinarily resident on reserve means that eligible youth live on reserve, do not maintain a primary residence off reserve and may be temporarily off reserve for the primary purpose of seeking education.

Co-operative education placements are for students in grades 7 to 12 (secondary 1 to secondary 5), enrolled in and attending a federal or band-operated school. For activities promoting careers and science and technology, youth may be younger than 15 years of age.

Deadline

The deadline to submit a proposal was February 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm, Eastern time.

How to apply

Applicants must submit detailed proposals for the activities to be undertaken over the course of the agreement.

Proposals must:

Proposals are reviewed and approved by the Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) regional office or the First Nations or Inuit organization managing the program for their member communities.

To learn more about the First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy: Skills Link Program, consult the National Program Guidelines 2021 to 2022.

For First Nations and Inuit communities, governments and organizations

Recipients who have access to the ISC Services Portal can access the proposal form by opening a session on the portal.

Applicants who have access to the ISC Services Portal should use the electronic form by opening a session on the portal.

If you do not have access to the portal, contact your ISC regional office. For more information, e-mail aadnc.education-education.aandc@canada.ca or call 1-800-567-9604.

First Nations organizations in British Columbia must apply through the First Nations Education Steering Committee.

For not-for-profit organizations and private sector employers

Please:

National program guidelines for last year

National science camps

The Skills Link program also supports national science camps. Held annually, these camps provide Indigenous students from across Canada with a chance to experiment within the fields of science and technology, while encouraging them to consider a career in these fields.

To view photographs from previous National science camps, visit the Photo Gallery on Flickr.

The National science camps have been held in various regions across Canada.

To find out about the next National Science Camp and how students are selected contact your ISC regional office.

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