Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention

2 years Ontario College Diploma

Experience program-led culture camps


Upcoming Intake: Fall 2021, 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.

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

IWA 112 Traditional Healing, Learning, and Teaching
IWA 113 Introduction to Substance Abuse Counselling
IWA 114 Contemporary Challenges Facing Native Co
IWA 117 Introduction to Cultural Specific Helping
GED 100 Environmental Citizenship
CMM 125 College Communication

Semester 2

GENED General Education Elective - Online (IWAP Sem 2)
CMM 230 Workplace Communications
IWA 200 Substance Abuse in Families and Native Co
IWA 204 Introduction to Community Development
IWA 203 Methods-Using Traditional Healing to Break
IWA 212 Indigenous Languages in the Modern Conte

Semester 3

IWA 211 Placement Preparation
IWA 213 Ensidamwaad mskiki-Understanding Medic
IWA 207 Methods II - Recovery Strategies
IWA 208 The Accountable IWAP Worker
IWA 209 Evaluating Information

Semester 4

IWA 210 Methods III - Relapse Prevention
IWA 214 Understanding Concurrent Disorders in Indi
IWA 216 The Legacy of Trauma and Indigenous Peop
IWA 215 Field Placement (8 Weeks @ 37.5 hrs/wk)

Ancillary fees have been reviewed as a result of COVID-19 and alternative service and program delivery plans. For current ancillary fees details please see

2021-2022 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $908 $100 - $3728.24
2 $2720.24 $758 - - $2478.24

2021-2022 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $13179.52 $1488 $100 - $14767.52
2 $13179.52 $1338 - - $14517.52

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

Canadore College will implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in Fall 2020 to enhance students’ learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure student 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

Business Management – 8 months to complete
Human Resources Management – 8 months to complete
Mental Health and Addictions (Intensive) – 10 months (condensed) to complete
Project Management – Information Technology – 8 months to complete
Recreation and Leisure Services (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete
Recreation Therapy (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete
Social Service Worker (Fast Track) – 10 months to complete
Strength and Sport Conditioning (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete
Youth at Risk – 8 months to complete

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