The Co-operative Education Program (Co-op) has the following objectives:

  • to promote the benefits of education as key to labour market participation;
  • to support the development and enhancement of essential employability skills among First Nations youth such as communication skills, problem solving and working with others;
  • to introduce youth to a variety of career options;
  • to support the provision of mentored school-based work and study opportunities such as co-operative education and internships; and
  • to help First Nation youth overcome barriers to employment.

Key activities include: training experiences that support youth in acquiring skills needed for work placements; career development information, including awareness and support activities like career fairs and leadership projects; and career planning and counselling activities.

The First Nations Schools Association and First Nations Education Steering Committee jointly deliver the Indigenous Services Canada First Nations & Inuit Youth Employment Strategy Co-operative Education Program for First Nations schools in British Columbia.

See full details in the program guidelines.


Eligible recipients are First Nations schools on reserve.  Eligible Co-op participants are students in grades 7 to 12 who are enrolled in and attending a First Nations school and who are ordinarily resident on reserve.

Program Resources

2021-2022 Co-op Guidelines

2021-2022 Co-op Proposal Template  Proposals were due: October 29, 2021.  Next year’s dates will be posted when they are available.


Please contact for program questions and support.