three Indigenous students sitting together at a table with books in front of them

Indigenous Services

Georgian has Wiidookdaading Indigenous Resource Centres at our Barrie, Midland, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses. Explore the many services and supports available to you in our resource centres.

Wiidookdaading Indigenous Resource Centres at Georgian

Wiidookdaading Indigenous Resource Centres are located at the Barrie, Midland, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses. The centres provide you with a culturally supportive and comfortable environment where you can study, socialize, and access a wide range of resources. Our friendly staff are here to support you, whether academically, personally or spiritually.

The resource centres are home to the visiting Elder and Niwijiagan peer mentor programs, Getsijid (Indigenous student counsellor) and Indigenous student advisors. Feasts, potlucks, cultural teachings, craft nights, study and lounge areas, and computers are just a few of the benefits provided through the resource centres.

Come and see why Georgian students call our centres their home away from home!

Services and supports

Community liaison officer

Not sure what you want to do and need some guidance? The community liaison officer is knowledgeable on all things Georgian College and is available to help you choose a program that’s right for you. The community liaison officer can help you with the application process, assist with funding connections including scholarships, bursaries and band funding, and provide a campus tour.

For more information about programs offered through Indigenous Studies or all programs offered at Georgian, please contact Alicia Thompson by email or call 249.388-2467.

Visiting Elder program

The Visiting Elders are a vital part of the Indigenous Community at Georgian. They provide holistic and spiritual guidance, traditional teachings, or a good laugh in times of stress.

Throughout the week at the Barrie (M137), Midland (A115), Orillia (B201) and Owen Sound (A147) campuses, Elders can be found participating in the Indigenous Studies programs, as well as social gatherings and feasts, and around the centre!

Niwijiagan (peer mentors)

Students in the Niwijiagan peer mentor program will show you the ropes! These friendly students know both their programs and the college. Whether it’s finding a classroom or providing advice on assignments, the Niwijiagans are here for you.

Niwijiagan peer mentor programs are available at the Barrie (M137), Midland (A115), Orillia (B201) and Owen Sound (A147) campuses.

Getsijid (Indigenous student counsellor)

Whatever challenges you’re facing, whether personal, academic, social or career-oriented, the Getsijid is a trustworthy confidant who can provide you with support and help maintain balance in your life. The Getsijid can also act as a liaison between Georgian students, staff and your home communities. Please contact Karen Dowan by email or call 249.388.0836.

Connect with the Getsijid at the Barrie Campus (M137). Indigenous student advisors are onsite in Midland (A115), Orillia (B201) and Owen Sound (A147).

Indigenous student advisors

Indigenous student advisors provide support and guidance and may refer students to college and community resources for further support. Student advisors also deliver student retention and success programs and act as a liaison between the Georgian College community and the Métis, Inuit and First Nations communities.

Connect with an Indigenous student advisor at the Midland (A115), Orillia (B201) and Owen Sound (A147) campuses.

Special events and promotions

Indigenous Studies co-ordinates college-wide events that promote and increase awareness of Indigenous cultures and perspectives, including the Indigenous Authors Festival, Louis Riel Day, student craft nights and the annual Georgian College Pow Wow, a one-day celebration held every March, organized and run by Georgian staff and students.

a female student and Indigenous student advisor reading a book in the Barrie Campus Indigenous Resource Centre
hands making a drum on a craft night in the Indigenous Resource Centre
3 students and a teacher in the Indigenous Enterprises CIP lab
Georgian College Aborigional Community and Social Development alumnus Andrew Baker

Connect with us

Visit the Wiidookdaading Indigenous Resource Centre

Have a general question?

Sandi Pallister-Gougeon
Academic Program and Support Officer
Indigenous Studies/Services

Email Sandi

Interested in studying at Georgian?

Alicia Thompson
Community Liaison Officer
Indigenous Services

Email Alicia