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First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES) 2020‐2021 Indigenous Services Canada’s (ISC) Skills Link Program (SLP)

Grants to British Columbia First Nations Agencies, Organizations,
and Communities for Workforce Expansion Initiatives

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and the First Nations Schools Association (FNSA)

Deadline Date:

07/24/20 4:30 PM


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Grants to British Columbia First Nations governments, organizations, and communities for workforce expansion initiatives. Funding is intended to promote education and skill-building, introduce youth to a wide range of career options, and help First Nation and Inuit youth overcome barriers to employment.

Program Objectives

  • To promote the benefits of education as key to labor 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 labor market

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve, FNESC is committed to continuing supports for First Nations and to adapt program delivery approaches to reflect the current situation. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163554

Estimated Size of Grant:

Confirmed funding for three categories is:
- Science and Technology: $175,000
- Career Promotion and Awareness: $175,000
- Mentored/ICT Work Placements: $1,234,341

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 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.

Ineligible expenditures include, but are not limited to:
For all programs:
- Office infrastructure or equipment purchases such as computers and software
- Capital costs for construction of a building (other than small repairs or renovations to support the participation of persons with disabilities) or the purchase of land or buildings
For career promotion and awareness and science and technology activities:
- Salaries
- Sraining

Pre-Application Information:

2020‐21 Skills Link Program proposals are due by Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:30 pm.

In light of COVID‐19, programs must also follow federal and provincial health guidelines. It is recognized that program activities may require change as restrictions evolve. If revisions are needed, please contact FNESC Program Officer to ensure new plans meet the guidelines.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Contact at 604-925-6087 or if you have any questions.

Please submit your proposal via the online submission button, by email to, or by fax to 604-925-6097.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kylee Mayers, Programs Officer by email, or by phone at (604) 925‐6087.

If you are interested in learning more about Skills and Mentoring Program Support, please email the Program Coordinator Mentor and Skills Programs, Tino, at

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia;

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