- 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.