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Start your journey with a strong foundation

General Arts and Science – Shki Miikan (New Road) Ontario College Certificate program

Enrich your spirit. Embark on a holistic journey while developing a solid academic base for future studies.

Program code GASK
Duration 1 Year
Credential Ontario College Certificate
Delivery Full-time

Program information

Program description

During this foundation year, students embark on a personal journey of discovery. Students develop a solid academic base, assess education and career options, and develop self-management skills. Through Indigenous language and teachings, students explore their sense of cultural identity. Traditional 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, Métis, Inuit, and Non Status People.

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2022 Barrie

Tuition and fees

What are the admission requirements for the General Arts and Science – Shki Miikan (New Road) program?

General Arts and Science – Shki Miikan (New Road) admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • 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 Transfer Centre website for details:

What career paths can I take as a graduate of this program?

Your General Arts and Science – Shki Miikan (New Road) certificate gives you many career opportunities

Graduates may use the Shki Miikan foundation year as a pathway to further studies at the college level. Others may choose to seek employment in supportive occupations requiring a general education or with organizations that prefer to administer their own training program.

Why study General Arts and Science – Shki Miikan (New Road) at Georgian?

  • Dip your toes into the college experience with culturally-relevant academic and support services set up to help you succeed
  • Experience a unique blend of cultural teachings, language and academics within one program
  • Enjoy a home away from home in our Indigenous Resource Centre! Take part in cultural teachings, craft workshops, guest speaker events, feasts and more
  • Direct pathway option into year two of the Indigenous Community and Social Development program

What courses are included in the General Arts and Science – Shki Miikan (New Road) certificate program?

Course overview

8 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
2 General Education Courses

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the General Arts and Science – Shki Miikan (New Road) program outline.

  • COMP 1003 – Microcomputer Applications
  • GNED 1010 – Ojibwe Language and Culture 1
  • INDG 1000 – Personal Growth and Development
  • INDG 1001 – Indigenous Heritage, Tradition and Culture
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.

Do you have questions about General Arts and Science – Shki Miikan (New Road)? Contact us!

Thinking about applying to Georgian?

Contact Ashley Lacourciere, Community Liaison Officer, Indigenous Services to explore your study options.

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