Aboriginal Youth

Below is a list of programs and services specific to the needs of Aboriginal youth. Be sure to check out our general audience pages as well for more information on Jobs, Education, Careers, Money and Health.


  • Need help getting a job? The Job Search Toolkit for Aboriginal Youth from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada can help you identify your skills and talents, prepare your resume and cover letter, give you tips for interviews, or help you start your own business.
  • Are you a student? Gain work experience related to your field of study through the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership Program offered through the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP).
  • The Skills Link program helps youth facing barriers to employment - such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas and high school dropouts obtain the knowledge to develop a broad range of skills and work experience they need to participate in the job market.
  • Discover the Bold Eagle Program, which provides Aboriginal youth with a unique summer program that combines military training along with Aboriginal culture and customs.



  • Have you been laid-off from your job? Employment Insurance (EI) provides benefits to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own (for example, due to shortage of work, seasonal or mass lay-offs) and are available for and able to work, but can't find a job. This site outlines what it takes to be eligible for EI benefits and how to apply.
  • Learn more about the benefits and rights to which First Nations, Inuit and Métis people are legally guaranteed at the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Web site.
  • Are you owed wages since you lost your job? The Wage Earner Protection Program (WEPP) reimburses eligible workers for unpaid wages and vacation pay they are owed when their employer declares bankruptcy or becomes subject to a receivership.