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Begin your foundational journey to speaking and understanding Anishnaabemowin

Maajii-Anishnaabemdaa (Start Speaking the Language) Ontario College Certificate program

Develop Anishnaabemowin speaking, reading and listening skills. Connect to Anishnaabe ways of being, traditional values and history. Engage with peers in our Indigenous virtual reality worlds!

Program code MAAJ
Duration 1 year
Credential Ontario College Certificate
Delivery Full-time

Program information

Program description

The Maajii-Anishnaabemdaa certificate begins your foundational journey to speaking and understanding Anishnaabemowin, connecting you to Anishnaabe ways of being, traditional values, and history. Using an immersive approach and exploring themes such as home and community, you develop speaking, reading, and listening skills in Anishnaabemowin. You also learn how to write the language by studying writing systems and practicing Anishnaabemowin grammar structures. To build fluency and confidence in Anishnaabemowin, you practice vocabulary, speaking, and listening skills with classmates, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers, and through the use of immersive virtual reality (VR) technology. The program further embeds experiential learning opportunities to practice Anishnaabemowin within the community and through land-based activities, emphasizing the vital connection between language and culture.

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2023 Barrie

Tuition and fees

What are the admission requirements for the Maajii-Anishnaabemdaa (Start Speaking the Language) program?

Maajii-Anishnaabemdaa (Start Speaking the Language) admission requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, mature student status 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: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/academic-regulations/

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:

Admission details

Upon completion of the one year certificate program, students have the opportunity to continue their Anishnaabemowin learning journey by transitioning to Anishnaabemowin and Program Development – a diploma that focusses on language and skills development in order to create and implement sustainable Anishnaabemowin programs in Indigenous communities and organizations. 

What career paths can I take in Anishnaabemowin and language?

Your Maajii-Anishnaabemdaa (Start Speaking the Language) certificate gives you many career opportunities

Graduates of this program may find employment in Indigenous organizations, daycares, Indigenous Friendship Centres, and First Nation communities. 

What courses are included in the Maajii-Anishnaabemdaa (Start Speaking the Language) certificate program?

Course overview

9 Program Courses
2 Anishnaabemowin Labs
Communications Courses
1 General Education Courses

 Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Maajii-Anishnaabemdaa (Start Speaking the Language) 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.

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