Grants of up to $5,000 to British Columbia First Nation bands and schools for projects that promote careers related to science and health in First Nation communities. Funding is intended for a range of activities and opportunities, including workshops, tutoring, field trips, guest speakers, and mentorship projects.
- To promote, amongst participating First Nation students, a greater awareness of and interest in careers related to health and sciences.
- To empower students to take a proactive approach to planning a career path by increasing their understanding of the benefits of education as a key to labor market participation and by providing information about health and science careers.
- To assist students in developing a better understanding of the academic and practical milestones that need to be met in order to access a range of careers in the health and science fields, including post-secondary prerequisites, K-12 course planning materials, and admissions requirements.
- To encourage First Nation students to have a positive perspective on continuing their education, particularly in health and science programs.
Applicants are encouraged to design project activities that are appropriate for each community. Suggested eligible project activities include:
- Opportunities designed to help students explore and prepare for health and science careers;
- Tutoring and homework clubs to promote higher levels of student achievement in courses required for post-secondary acceptance;
- Initiatives to inform parents about health and science-related careers and educational opportunities;
- Workshops for students to promote health and science-related career planning;
- Relevant field trips, science camps, and sponsored attendance at health and science-related career fairs;
- Hosting of role model(s) or other guest speakers who can share information about health and science careers; and
- Visits to and opportunities to explore post-secondary institutes that offer health and science programs.
- Mentorship or job shadowing activities to share and learn of potential health and science-related career offered;
- Other activities related to the promotion of health and science.
Exploration and Results to Consider:
- Exploring careers and occupations in First Nation health and sciences.
- Training and qualification requirements for careers in health and sciences.
- Exploring post-secondary institutes, including Aboriginal-controlled post-secondary institutes that offer health and science programs.
- Understanding types of education and program pre-requisite qualifications, application, and registration procedures.
- Transitions from high school to post-secondary education.
- Connecting with a post-secondary counselor/advisor and/or role models.
- Accessing educational scholarships and bursaries.
For a list of possible health careers to explore, see: http://www.fnesc.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/1.-22-23-Health-and-Science-Guidelines.pdf#page=4