The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and the First Nations Schools Association (FNSA) are pleased to announce Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) 2020-2021 FNIYES Skills Link Program (SLP) Call for Proposals for First Nations communities, schools and tribal councils in BC.

Please note: 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. Please consult Appendix A. COVID-19 Recommendations & Support in the program guidelines for more information to assist in the proposal process during these unprecedented times.

Please submit your proposal by Friday, July 24, 2020 via the online submission button, by email to, or by fax to 604-925-6097.

Skills Link Resources, 2020/2021

  1. 2020-21 Skills Link Guidelines
  2. 2020-21 Skills Link Proposal Form

Program 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 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 labour market

Eligible Recipients

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

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.

Program Support

See full details in the SWEP Program Guidelines or contact us 604-925-6087 if you have any questions.

Technical Support

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