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First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program

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First Nations and Inuit youth age 15-30

What should I know about this program?

The First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program provides funding 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. These activities assist youth in acquiring the essential skills that will help you gain employment, function well in the workplace and learn about job and career options.

Activities offered by this program include mentored work placements, science and technology related activities, co-operative education placements and internships.

This program will benefit you by:

  • Promoting the benefits and importance of education
  • Supporting the development and improvement of essential employability
  • Skills, such as communication, problem-solving, and working with others
  • Introducing you to a variety of career options

Am I eligible to apply?

You're eligible to apply if you...

  1. Are legally entitled to work in Canada.
  2. Are a First Nations or Inuit youth aged 15 to 30 who are either:
    • Ordinarily resident* on reserve or in a recognized community (an approved settlement on Crown land) or ;
    • Inuit who are residents in Canada, but who reside outside their territory, and are no longer eligible to be funded by their territory (proof of refusal is required)

(*) Ordinarily resident on reserve means that eligible youth:

  • live on reserve
  • do not maintain a primary residence off reserve
  • may be temporarily off reserve for the primary purpose of seeking education

Youth participating in co-operative education placements may be younger than 15 years of age as activities under co-operative placements are for students in grades 7 to 12 (secondary 1 to secondary 5), enrolled in and attending a federal or band-operated school. Youth participating in career promotion and science and technology activities may be younger than 15 years of age.

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Here's what previous participants did!

  • Language and Heritage Department Researcher
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  • Greenhouse Technician
  • Tenant liaison
  • Educational Assistant
  • Museum Assistant
  • Engineer-in-Training

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