Indigenous Preparatory Studies

Students working in the first peoples' centre

Program at a glance

Program code: 
Ontario College Certificate
Length of study: 
1 year
Study options: 
Full-time - September & January
Campus location: 
College Drive

This unique culture-based program will help you find direction while learning the vital skills to make an informed decision about your college education or future career. You will gain a solid understanding of Indigenous history and culture which will better prepare you to meet the challenges of postsecondary education.


What You Learn

  • Introduction to Ojibwe or Cree
  • Mathematic applications
  • Student success strategies: Ingwamazin /Aagamezii
  • Mino-Bmaadziwin
  • Math for skilled trades or business
  • Identity and the Indigenous psyche
  • Social justice and Indigenous societies
  • Wellness
Admission Requirements: 

Program Prerequisites

19 years of age or older OR Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) OR successful completion of the General Education Development Test (GED).


Canadore College offers preparatory programs for applicants who require certain academic skills or reediness experience to be successful in a  post-secondary program of study, and who wish to pursue college studies. Successful completion of these direct entry programs may qualify the applicants for consideration for admission into other postsecondary programs in a subsequent year.


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Semester One - Fall:

IPS 100 Culture and Heritage

OJI 100 Introduction to Ojibwe

MTH 092 Mathematic Applications and Indigenous Knowledge

IPS 130 Student Success Strategies: Ingwamazin/Aagamezii

IPS 140 Mino-Bmaadziwin (Culture Camp - Sept 8, 9, 10

Semester Two - Winter:

IPS 200 Contemporary Considerations

IPS 210 Identity and the Indigenous Psyche

IPS 230 Social Justice and Indigenous Societies

OJI 200 Introduction to Ojibwe

IPS 110 Wellness

IPS 240 Mino-Bmaadziwin

ElectiveChoose 1 from the Winter Listings


Winter Elective Choices


SOC 115Law Ethics

MTH 121Prep Math for Business II

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Learning Outcomes: 

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

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