Ontario College Certificate | 2 semesters | Barrydowne

The General Arts & Science – Indigenous Specialization Program is a great choice for anyone who would like to develop their academic and workplace skills in a program that supports holistic wellness and Indigenous perspectives, knowledges, and worldviews. Students learn from the land, from each other, and from themselves, always supported by experienced and trustworthy faculty and staff.

Together we develop our digital, math, and language literacies. Courses are taught in English, with additional options to study Anishinabemowin (Ojibwe) or Nehiyawemowin (Cree) starting at a beginner level. Focus on your own culture, heritage, and overall wellbeing while earning credits toward additional post-secondary diploma programs. Gain confidence in your abilities and explore your future options in a supportive environment.

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 that can be transferred 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

General Educational Development (GED) is applicable. Depending on test scores, Accuplacer English Assessment may be required. Please speak to the Program Coordinator for more information. 


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2022
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2023

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2023
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2023

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

Program of Study for 2022-23 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
IND 1103 Wellness and the Good Life 3
IND 1002 Indigenous Learning Strategies 2
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 and Science - Indigenous Specialization Certificate at Cambrian College. 

  • Gain cultural awareness and appreciation, build confidence, and develop success strategies
  • Develop and showcase highly sought after employability skills
  • Experience a robust curricula that is holistic and culturally informed, preparing graduates to navigate contemporary employment opportunities while maintaining and fostering vital cultural connections and traditional wellness practices

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.