Indigenous Community and Social Development Learn to inspire community and social growth. Established program, experienced faculty. Two co-op work terms help lead to meaningful employment.

General information

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

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2018 Barrie

Program description

In this program, students focus on the planning, evaluation and administration of social/health care services within Indigenous communities. Students study business and community development with an emphasis on integrating cultural, social and health issues relevant to Indigenous peoples 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: Indigenous includes First Nations, Metis, Inuit and Non-Status 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 Indigenous Comm and Social Dev articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Courses

  • COMP1003 Microcomputer Applications
  • GNED1010 Ojibwe Language and Culture 1
  • INDG1000 Personal Growth and Development
  • INDG1001 Indigenous Heritage, Tradition and Culture
  • GNED2055 Ojibwe Language and Culture 2
  • INDG1002 Indigenous Community and Family Life
  • INDG1003 Introduction to Psychology: An Indigenous Perspective
  • INDG1004 Holistic Health and Healing
  • GNED2074 Ojibwe Language and Culture 3
  • INDG2000 Indigenous People and Health Care
  • INDG2001 Introduction to Counselling
  • INDG2002 Indigenous Treaties, Rights and Laws
  • INDG2003 Community Growth and Program Development
  • INDG2004 Community Administration and Human Resource Practice
  • INDG2005 Family Counselling
  • INDG2006 Indigenous Proposal Development
  • INDG2007 Indigenous Cultural Sensitivity and Awareness
  • GNED2065 Ojibwe Language and Culture 4

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

  • COOP1046 Indigenous Education Work Term 1
  • COOP2037 Indigenous Education Work Term 2