Indigenous Resource Centres at Georgian
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.
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.
Two days a 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.
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 705.728.1968, ext. 1316.
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.
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.
Connect with us
Visit the Indigenous Resource Centre
Have a general question?
Academic Program and Support Officer
705.728.1968, ext. 1318
Interested in studying at Georgian?
Community Liaison Officer
705.728.1968, ext. 1317