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Welcome to Aboriginal Studies at Georgian College

Our goal is to provide our students with exceptional learning experiences that enhance all areas of their life — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

Aboriginal students’ sense of cultural identity is important to us. We work with the Anishnaabe Education and Training Circle, a group of 21 communities and organizations, to develop programs and services for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. Our programs incorporate a blend of contemporary and traditional teaching methods, with Aboriginal cultural values and perspectives embedded into the curriculum.

The Aboriginal Resource Centres at the Barrie, Midland, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses provide supportive and comfortable environments where students can study, socialize and access resources. And our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to help you along your journey at Georgian!

 

The three flags at the Barrie Cenotaph - Canadian, Métis and Ontario

Georgian remembers Louis Riel

Aboriginal Studies and second-year Métis student Helen Tracey (a peer mentor or Niwijiagan) organized a flag-raising event to honour Louis Riel on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The event took place at the Georgian Cenotaph and was attended by staff, students and faculty. Read more...

Alumna Lisa Newman stands in front of a painting of a First Nations chief

Lisa Newman

Business Partner, Casino Rama

Program:

Aboriginal Community and Social Development, Addictions: Treatment and Prevention

Year:

2004


I enrolled in Aboriginal Community and Social Development at the age of 30, after working on the line at Honda for 10 years. As a member of Shawanaga First Nation, I loved studying teachings from other first nations. We employ Cree, Mi’qmak, Mohawk, Inuit and more, so those lessons were important. Read more...

The three flags at the Barrie Cenotaph - Canadian, Métis and Ontario

Georgian remembers Louis Riel

Aboriginal Studies and second-year Métis student Helen Tracey (a peer mentor or Niwijiagan) organized a flag-raising event to honour Louis Riel on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The event took place at the Georgian Cenotaph and was attended by staff, students and faculty. Read more...

Three males and female; two males in centre holding up award

Georgian students honoured with prestigious awards

The Georgian College Board of Governors presented two esteemed awards to students Nathaniel Davin and Steven Pelletier on May 30 at the Barrie Campus. Nathaniel received a Board of Governors’ Degree Studies Medal Award and Steven received a Board of Governors’ Medal award. Read more...

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Barrie Campus hosts Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Awards

The Aboriginal Resource Centre was filled with wonder, laughter, music and applause June 21 as storyteller and teacher Basil Johnston was honoured with the 2013 Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award. The event was part of National Aboriginal Day celebrations at the Barrie Campus. Read more...

A dancer, mid-movement, in colourful traditional first nations clothing

Traditional Georgian College Pow Wow

On March 9, 2013, thousands of people gathered for the eighth Traditional Georgian College Pow Wow and celebrated aboriginal culture and traditions. Read more...

Georgian student named to First Nation Juries Review Committee

Megan Logan, a first-year student in Georgian College’s Aboriginal Community and Social Development program, has been selected by the Ontario government to serve on an influential committee that will help improve First Nations representation on juries and in the justice system. Read more...

Louis Riel Remembrance Day at Owen Sound Campus

The Owen Sound Campus will host a Louis Riel Remembrance Day on Nov. 15, 2013 in honour of this remarkable hero. Students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend. Aboriginal Services have been working hard to put this event together. Read more...

Empire of Dirt, a film by Peter Stebbings. School of Aboriginal Studies presents: Screening of Empire of Dirt with award winning actress and producer Jennifer Podemski. Barrie Campus Alumni Hall K229 A and B. Monday, March 24, 2014. Doors open at 6 p.m. Screening starts at 7 p.m. After screening Q&A with actress and producer Jennifer Podemski. For more information please contact Sarah Cunningham, Special Events and Promotions Co-ordinator at 705.728.1968 ext. 1369 or via email at sarah.cunningham@georgiancollege.ca. FREE EVENT. TIFF Toronto International Film Festival WINNER- Best Canadian Feature Film, Special Jury Citation, TIFF 2013.

Free movie screening with award-winning actress and producer

On Monday, March 24, everyone is invited to a free screening of Empire of Dirt – the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival’s Best Canadian Feature Film – organized by Georgian College’s School of Aboriginal Studies. Read more...

A group of people stands around a table, making drums

Creating and sharing at drum making workshop in Orillia

The Aboriginal Resource Centre at the Orillia Campus held a drum making workshop on Jan. 15, with Luanna Harper of the Cree Nation and Scott Debassige of Wikwemikong First Nation. Read more...

A fiddler in a Métis sash plays for a seated audience

Georgian honours Louis Riel

The Niwijiagan (peer mentor) team, in partnership with the Infinite Reach program, hosted a special remembrance luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Guests enjoyed buffalo stew, bannock and live music from fiddle player John Miller. Read more...

Alumna Lisa Newman stands in front of a painting of a First Nations chief

Lisa Newman

Business Partner, Casino Rama

Program:

Aboriginal Community and Social Development, Addictions: Treatment and Prevention

Year:

2004


I enrolled in Aboriginal Community and Social Development at the age of 30, after working on the line at Honda for 10 years. As a member of Shawanaga First Nation, I loved studying teachings from other first nations. We employ Cree, Mi’qmak, Mohawk, Inuit and more, so those lessons were important. Read more...

Charmaine, sitting in a yoga pose in front of a statue

Charmaine Whitman

Registered Massage Therapy, Sanctuary Day Spa and Enaahtig Healing Lodge

Program:

Shki-Miikan (New Roads), Pre-Health Sciences, Massage Therapy, Aboriginal Community and Social Development

Year:

2008


Every massage therapist becomes a unique blend of their life experience, skills, passions, values, and gifts. I have massaged in many different settings since graduating: world class spas, health clinics, healing lodges and addictions treatment facilities. Read more...

Alumnus Steven Pelletier delivering a presentation about his Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre program

Steven Pelletier

Assistant Program Coordinator, Empowering Our Youth, Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre

Program:

Aboriginal Community and Social Development

Year:

2014


One of the qualities of my program was that it exposed students to multiple disciplines like business administration, community development, holistic health and counselling. The variety meant I could self-guide myself into what I really wanted to do. Read more...

A portrait of Chief Donna Big Canoe, smiling at the camera

Donna Big Canoe

Chief, Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation

Program:

Aboriginal Community and Social Development (Formerly Native Education - Community and Social Development)

Year:

1998


Chief Donna Big Canoe is the first female chief of the Chippewas of Georgina Island and when elected chief in 2007 at the age of 31, was one of the youngest First Nation chiefs in Ontario. She regularly draws from her Native Community and Social Development background from Georgian College. Read more...

Pathways to Employment

Ever thought about going back to school?

At the Owen Sound Campus, our Aboriginal Pathways program offers you the chance to upgrade your math, communication and computer skills in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. There will also be a number of workshops in traditional teachings, introduction to Anishnaabemowin and Anishnabe storytelling. Additionally, as a Georgian College student, you will have access to all the facilities and services offered at the college.

Each program runs for eight weeks. Classes are held at the Owen Sound Campus on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays (18 hours per week).

There is no cost to qualifying applicants.

Upcoming session: Nov. 25 to Jan. 31 (no classes during the winter break, Dec. 21 to Jan. 5)

Pathways to Employment is a program where you will gain the confidence and skills needed for success in today’s workforce. This program is also an ideal stepping-stone to further educational opportunities. Upon completion of the Pathways program, participants will have acquired some valuable industry certifications (may include: Standard First Aid & CPR, Safe Food Handling, WHMIS-Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System). Download the Pathways brochure for more information.

For more information about the program, please contact Marnie Speck, Aboriginal Student Advisor, Owen Sound Campus, at (519) 376-0840 ext. 2096 or marnie.speck@georgiancollege.ca.

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10th Traditional Pow Wow – Saturday, March 14, 2015Save the date!

Location: Georgian College, Barrie Campus

For inquiries please contact April Jones at (705) 728-1968 x 1317 or or fill out the form below.

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