Confederation College

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Onajigawin Indigenous Services - Accelerated

Confederation College

Faculty:Community Services
Field of Study:Aboriginal Studies
Family and Community Services
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $2,688
International: $13,650

This cost estimate represents the full tuition and does not include costs related to living expenses for the school year.

Careers:Community and Social Service Workers


Aanii! Boozhoo! Tansi! Taanishe! Hello! Bienvenue! Pijashig! Kwe Kwe! Tunngahugit! She:kon! Are you committed to honouring cultural diversity? Do you want social justice for Indigenous children, families, and communities? Are you able to act with integrity, honesty, genuineness, and objectivity? Do you want to gather tools to put in your basket that focus on prevention and well-being for those that you walk with as a future helper? If you are searching for a career that allows you to make a lasting impact in the lives of families, individuals, and communities who most need positive change, then look no further, this is the program for you!

Onajigawin Indigenous Services is grounded in Indigenous Knowledge and Pedagogy with a decolonized approach to curriculum and assessment. Indigenous communities throughout northwestern Ontario often experience cultural, geographical and other barriers to service. Confederation College’s Onajigawin Indigenous Services program focuses on how to effectively overcome these barriers. You’ll learn how to help connect people with the services they need in their everyday lives in Thunder Bay, throughout the region, and globally. Careers are all broadly concerned with serving families, individuals, and communities to improve quality of life, remediate problems, and coordinate services through a multidisciplinary approach. Topics covered include cultural safety and continuity; culture and language, intergenerational health and well-being; Indigenous wellness and addictions prevention; child and family well-being and reform; social aspects of aging; family conferencing in holistic ways; social justice; advocacy; governance; policy; and so much more. Expand your ways of knowing, challenge your positionality, learn ways to decolonize and embrace indigeneity. The time for Indigenous resurgence is now!


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Each year, a limited number of seats in the “Accelerated” Ontario College Diploma program will be available to qualified applicants. Applicants are required to have a degree or diploma from an accredited university or college in a related discipline. If you are interested in taking this program and do not meet the above requirements, please consider our 2 year Native Child and Family Worker diploma program.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on July 18, 2022