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Ontario College Certificate | 2 semesters | Barrydowne

The General Arts & Science – Indigenous Specialization Program is ideal for anyone who would like to prepare for post-secondary studies or the workplace from an Indigenous perspective.  Through a holistic cultural and land-based approach*, you will develop English and Math skills, learn Indigenous languages, focus on your own culture, heritage and well-being, and earn credits towards other post-secondary diploma programs.  If you are unsure of what career you would like to pursue, this program will help you make those life-changing decisions. 

*(where appropriate and available)

Program Highlights

  • 1 year – 2 semesters

  • Choose between Ojibway and Cree language courses

  • Workplace entry level English course

  • Learn skills required to be successful in other college programs

  • Explore career options through a Career Development course

  • Practice and learn about your own culture and heritage

  • Earn General Education credits towards other college programs

Learning Opportunities

  • Land-based educational opportunities when available

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How to Apply

General Studies

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English - (E) Workplace, (C) College, (U) University


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2022
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2022

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study for 2021-22 Academic Year

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENG 1211 Essentials of College English 4
MTH 1126 Essentials of Mathematics 4
IND 1005 Culture, Tradition and Heritage 3
LST 1003 Skills for Higher Learning 2
IND 1103 Wellness and the Good Life 3
IND 1102
or Nehiyawemowin
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 2
ENG 1505 Fundamentals of College Writing 4
MTH 1127 Fundamentals of Mathematics 4
IND 1006 Culture, Tradition & Heritage II 3
IND 1203 Wellness and the Good Life II 3
LSC 1120 Making Career Decisions 2
IND 1202
Anishinaabemowin II
or Nehiyawemowin II
One General Education course. 1 3
 Total Credits44


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for this program is under review. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment and Academic Opportunities

There are a number of benefits to obtaining a General Arts Certificate in Indigenous Specialization at Cambrian College:

  • The skills obtained in a General Arts and Science Certificate - Indigenous Specialization reflect the basic employability skills for which employers often ask.
  • You are provided with opportunities to develop college success skills before you apply for a specific program. These skills include:
    • Critical thinking
    • Problem solving
    • Communication
    • Computer
    • Numeracy
    • Writing skills

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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