Two Indigenous Studies students at Georgian College in the Indigenous Resource Centre

Build stronger and healthier Indigenous communities

Indigenous Community and Social Development Ontario College Diploma, Co-op program

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

Program code ICSD
Duration 2 Years
Credential Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Delivery Full-time

Program information

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).

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2022 Barrie

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

This program includes a co-op work term component where you will gain practical, on-the-job experience in your field.

What are the admission requirements for the Indigenous Community and Social Development program?

Indigenous Community and Social Development 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 Indigenous Community and Social Development diploma gives you many career opportunities

Students are prepared for entry-level administration and support staff positions within organizations such as community health centres, school boards, social service organizations, healing lodges and mental health centres.

Why study Indigenous Community and Social Development at Georgian?

  • Graduate job-ready in two years for a variety of frontline positions such as outreach worker, cultural resource specialist, restorative justice co-ordinator, youth worker, student advisor or court worker
  • Experience a unique blend of cultural teachings, language, and program and project administration 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
  • Gain valuable work experience and workplace connections with exciting work-integrated learning opportunities
  • Access the many support services available in the Indigenous Resource Centre
  • Pathways to degree opportunities available

What courses are included in the Indigenous Community and Social Development diploma program?

Course overview

18 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
4 General Education Courses
2 Co-op Work Terms

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Indigenous Community and Social Development 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 Indigenous Community and Social Development? Contact us!

Thinking about applying to Georgian?

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

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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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