Indigenous Studies

Aboriginal Community and Social Development

General information

Program code
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Academic area

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2016 Barrie

Program description

This program is focused on the planning, development, evaluation and administration of social/health care services within the Aboriginal community. This program includes business and community development studies with an emphasis on integrating cultural, social and health issues relevant to Aboriginal people in Canada. Cultural teachings and smudging are integrated daily throughout each academic semester in social activities, individual program courses, and Traditional Teacher/Elder visits. (Please note: Aboriginal includes First Nations, Metis and Inuit People)

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Admission details

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

  • OSS curriculum: OSSD or equivalent, with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U)

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

  • Any credit Communication course taken at Georgian College
  • College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: General Arts and Science*
  • Equivalent courses in English taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)
  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications
  • Mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*
  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
  • English, Literature or Communication credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

Home school applicants:

  • Applicants can write the mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.


View the Aboriginal Comm and Social Dev articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Courses

COMP1003 Microcomputer Applications
GNED1010 Ojibwe Language And Culture 1
GNED2055 Ojibwe Language and Culture 2
NATV1000 Aboriginal Community and Family Life
NATV1001 Personal Growth and Development
NATV1002 Aboriginal Heritage Tradition and Culture
NATV1003 Introduction to Psychology: An Aboriginal Perspective
NATV2000 Aboriginal People, Politics and Health Care
NATV2002 Introduction To Counselling
NATV2006 Family Counselling: An Aboriginal Perspective
NATV2012 Community Administration and HR Practices
NATV2013 Community Growth and Program Development
NATV2014 Aboriginal Treaties, Rights and Laws
NATV2016 Aboriginal Proposal Development
GNED2074 Ojibwe Language and Culture 3
GNED2065 Ojibwe Language and Culture 4
NATV2017 Holistic Health and Healing
NATV2018 Proposal Writing for Economic Development

Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.

General Education Courses

To be selected from College list

Co-op Work Terms

COOP1016 Aboriginal Education Work Term 1
COOP2012 Aboriginal Education Work Term 2

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