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Aboriginal Resource Centres

Aboriginal Resource Centres are located at the Barrie, Midland, Owen Sound and Orillia campuses. They provide students with a culturally supportive and comfortable environment where they can study, socialize, and access a wide range of resources. Our friendly staff are here to support you, whether academically, personally or spiritually.

The resource centres are home to the visiting elder and Niwijiagan peer mentor programs, Getsijig (native education counsellor) and Aboriginal student advisors. Feasts, potlucks, cultural teachings, craft nights, study and lounge areas, and computers are just a few of the benefits provided through the resource centres. Come and see why students call our centres their home-away-from-home!

For more information about the services provided through the resource centres, please contact Sandi Pallister-Gougeon at 705.728.1968, ext. 1318 or email sandi.pallister-gougeon@georgiancollege.ca.

What is available at each campus centre?

Barrie Campus

  • Getisijig (Native education counsellor)
  • Visiting elders
  • Niwijiagan (peer mentor support)
  • Community liaison education officer

Midland Campus

  • Aboriginal student advisor
  • Visiting elders
  • Niwijiagan (peer mentor support)

Owen Sound Campus

  • Aboriginal student advisor
  • Visiting elders
  • Niwijiagan (peer mentor support)

Orillia Campus

  • Aboriginal student advisor
  • Visiting elders
  • Niwijiagan (peer mentor support)

Visiting elder program

The transition to college can be a challenging process for many Aboriginal students. A great way to overcome these challenges is to meet with one of our elders. A visiting elder can support you by offering spiritual guidance, traditional teachings or just a good laugh in times of stress.

Niwijiagan (peer mentors)

Students in the Niwijiagan peer mentor program will show you the ropes! These friendly students know both their programs and the college. Whether it’s finding a classroom or providing advice on assignments, the Niwijiagans are here for you.

Getsijig (native education counsellor)

Whatever challenges you’re facing, whether personal, academic, social or career-oriented, the Getsijig is a trustworthy confidant who can provide you with support and help you maintain balance in your life. The Getsijig can also act as a liaison between students, Georgian staff and your home communities

Aboriginal student advisor

The Aboriginal student advisor provides support and guidance and may refer students to college and community resources for further support. The student advisor also delivers student retention and success programs and is a liaison between the college community and the Métis, Inuit and First Nations communities.

Community liaison

Not sure what you want to do and need some guidance? The community liaison is knowledgeable on all things Georgian College and is available to help you choose a program that’s right for you. The community liaison can help you with the application process; assist with funding connections, including scholarships, bursaries and band funding; and provide a campus tour.

For more information about programs offered through Aboriginal Studies or any programs offered at Georgian College, please contact April Jones at 705.728.1968, ext. 1317 or april.jones@georgiancollege.ca.

Special events and promotions

Aboriginal Studies co-ordinates college-wide events that promote and increase awareness of Aboriginal cultures and perspectives, including the Aboriginal Authors Festival, Louis Riel Day, student craft nights and the annual Georgian College Pow Wow, a one-day celebration held every March, organized and run by Georgian staff and students.

Anishnaabe Education and Training Circle

AETC logo - medicine wheel with a symbol in each quadrant.

The Anishnaabe Education and Training Circle (AETC) is a community advisory committee that has undertaken a number of initiatives in partnership with Georgian College since its formation in 1992. The overall goal of the partnership focuses on increasing the attraction, retention and graduation of students of Aboriginal ancestry (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) in the postsecondary environment.

The AETC is a co-operative initiative among 20 regional Aboriginal communities and organizations in the Georgian College catchment area. The membership currently includes:

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