Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention

2 years Ontario College Diploma

Experience program-led culture camps


Upcoming Intake: Fall 2024: College Drive – North Bay

Gain the skills and knowledge you need for employment in a variety of addiction settings through practical, hands-on learning. The curriculum is based on the holistic teachings of the Medicine Wheel, with a focus on the root causes of addiction within Indigenous communities. You will learn both cultural and mainstream approaches to addictions counselling. Training ranges from pharmacology to traditional methods including Sacred Circles, Teaching/Learning Circles, and the use of the four sacred medicines – tobacco, cedar, sage and sweet grass.

There is a placement component in this program.

Your Future Career

  • Traditional medicine
  • Alcohol and drug treatment units
  • Family resource centres
  • Young offender residential centres

What You Learn

  • Traditional healing, learning and teaching
  • Cultural specific helping
  • Challenges facing Indigenous communities
  • Interviewing, reporting, and documenting
  • Addictions counselling skills
  • Relapse preventions
  • Multiculturalism
  • Psychology and sociology

Flexible Exit Options: Exit with a College Certificate after one year or exit with an Ontario College Diploma after two years.

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency.

View current English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Semester 1

CMM125 College Communication
GED100 Environmental Citizenship
IWA112 Traditional Healing, Learning, and Teaching
IWA113 Introduction to Substance Abuse Counselling and Teaching
IWA114 Contemporary Challenges Facing Native Communities
IWA117 Introduction to Cultural Specific Helping

Semester 2

CMM230 Workplace Communications
GENED General Education Elective - Online (IW Sem 2)
IWA200 Substance Abuse in Families and Native Communities
IWA203  Methods-Using Traditional Healing to Break the Cycle of Abuse
IWA204  Introduction to Community Development
IWA212 Indigenous Languages in the Modern Context

Semester 3

IWA207 Methods II - Recovery Strategies
IWA208 The Accountable IWAP Worker
IWA209 Evaluating Information
IWA211 Placement Preparation
IWA213 Ensidamwaad Mskiki-Understanding Medicine

Semester 4

IWA210 Methods III - Relapse Prevention
IWA214 Understanding Concurrent Disorders in Indigenous Populations
IWA215 Field Placement
IWA216 The Legacy of Trauma and Indigenous People

2024-25 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $1362.5 $150 - $4232.74
2 $2720.24 $1200.5 - - $3920.74

2024-25 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $15547.54 $1942.5 $150 - $17640.04
2 $15547.54 $1780.5 - - $17382.04

Mandatory Non-Academic Requirements for Placement:

Work-Integrated Learning (also called Placement, Field Placement, Practicum, Clinical Placement, etc.) provides students with rich and meaningful experiences wherein they have the opportunity to apply and extend the learning they gain from the classroom in real-word contexts. View placement requirements here.


Check out the Campus Bookstore to not only purchase your textbooks but also view your book list before the semester starts. 


Canadore College has implemented Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to enhance your learning experience in and out of the classroom while ensuring flexibility in learning.

To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit

Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBC)

Graduates of the IWAP program are eligible to become accredited through the ICBC. ICBC’S certification is rooted in the belief that Aboriginal communities have unique and legitimate healing needs that demand equally unique spiritual and philosophical approaches and solutions.

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.

View Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

View course outlines

There are many options available to students who already have some postsecondary education.

Whether you are looking to study at Canadore from another school,  continue your education at Canadore, or looking to pursue further education elsewhere, we can help find the right path for you!

Whether you want to Transfer TO Canadore, Transfer WITHIN Canadore, or prepare to Transfer FROM Canadore, we've got you covered!

Learn more about Credit Transfer and Pathway opportunities here.