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Connect to Anishnaabe culture through language

Anishnaabemowin and Program Development Ontario College Diploma program

Maajii-Anishnaabemdaa! Become a language champion! Our unique, flexible diploma program will guide you on the path of Anishnaabemowin (Ojibwe language) revitalization and culture.

Learn on campus or online: With dual synchronous delivery, study in person with faculty and peers, or learn remotely from your community. The choice is yours. Both options include real-time interactions, field trips (in person or virtual) and more!

Program code ANPD
Duration 2 Years
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Delivery Full-time

Program information

Program description

Students acquire Anishnaabemowin skills to develop and implement sustainable language programs in Indigenous communities and organizations.  Students practice their speaking skills through interactions in the classroom, language immersion labs, community interactions, and through immersive Virtual Reality (VR) technology activities. The history of Anishnaabemowin and current issues affecting revitalization and preservation are also studied. Incorporating the Anishnaabe world-view, students examine the role and importance of Anishnaabemowin in ceremony, cultural values, and community.

Exploring your study options? Consider Georgian’s one-year Maajii-Anishnaabemdaa (Start Speaking the Language) certificate program, starting fall 2023. Begin your foundational journey to speaking and understanding Anishnaabemowin and its relation to culture.

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2023 Barrie

Tuition and fees

What are the admission requirements for the Anishnaabemowin and Program Development program?

Anishnaabemowin and Program Development admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit for Prior Learning website for details:

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.

What career paths can I take in Anishnaabemowin and program development?

Your Anishnaabemowin and Program Development diploma gives you many career opportunities

This program prepares students for a variety of language-related careers, including teacher of Anishnaabemowin as a second language, translator, language consultant, language specialist or storyteller. Students may find employment in school boards, communities, government agencies, education facilities and more.

Why study Anishnaabemowin and Program Development at Georgian?

Program highlights

  • Receive an award-winning education in a culturally inclusive learning environment
  • Gain a personal connection to Anishnaabe culture through language
  • Enter into a field with expanding career opportunities
  • Surround yourself with other like-minded language champions
  • Develop innovative Anishnaabemowin resources that can be used in your future language career
  • Access the many support services available in the Indigenous Resource Centre
  • Study online or in person
  • Pathways to degree opportunities available
  • Enjoy experiential learning opportunities and engage with peers in our Indigenous virtual reality worlds!

Anishnaabemowin champions: In this video series, hear from local Anishnaabemowin champions about their Anishnaabemowin journey and the importance of language revitalization.

Experiential learning opportunities

Indigenous community in virtual reality
Innovative and immersive learning through virtual reality

On-campus Elder

  • Experience intergenerational learning with our on-campus Elder

Language immersion

  • Participate in language immersion opportunities

Virtual reality

  • Embark on an immersive virtual reality adventure!
  • Be one of the first students in the world to take Anishnaabemowin language classes in virtual reality through AltspaceVR and EngageVR

What courses are included in the Anishnaabemowin and Program Development diploma program?

Course overview

17 Program Courses
4 Anishnaabemowin Labs 
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
2 Field/Language Placements

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Anishnaabemowin and Program Development program outline.

  • ANPD 1000 – History of Anishnaabemowin
  • ANPD 1001 – Writing Systems
  • ANPD 1002 – Verbs and Nouns 1
  • ANPD 1003 – Anishnaabemowin in the Home
  • INDG 1001 – Indigenous Heritage, Tradition and Culture
  • ANPD 1010 – Anishnaabemdaa 1
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.

Do you have questions about Anishnaabemowin and Program Development? Contact us!

Thinking about applying to Georgian?

Contact Michele O’Brien, Program Coordinator to explore your study options.

Already applied to Georgian?

Connect with the Office of the Registrar for admissions-related questions.

Are you an international student?

Contact our international recruitment team to learn more about studying at Georgian. 

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