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Social Services Worker – Indigenous Specialization

SSISSchool of Community Services

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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates.

Program Delivery

Campus / Full-time


Ontario College Diploma

Program Duration

4 Semesters

Program Contacts

Tammy Cayer-Dokis

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.6616
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Program Overview

Impact the lives of Indigenous individuals and communities.

This program delivers a client-centred approach that is culturally-relevant and prepares both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to work in the human services field. Become an effective counsellor through case studies and real counselling sessions, communications seminars, theoretical concepts, guest speakers, and fieldwork that is culturally aware and respective of the realities faced by Indigenous peoples. 
You’ll learn to demonstrate consistent ethical, legal, and professional responsibility while adhering to social work values and principles. The Indigenous specialization sets you apart in the social services field with enhanced knowledge and the wisdom to help create a culturally safe environment for clients. 

Program Highlights

Program highlights

  • Learn interprofessional skills from Anishnabeg holistic perspective 
  • 2 placements with community organizations 
  • Recognized by Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Service Workers 
  • Qualified as a Registered Social Service Worker in Ontario after graduation 
  • Graduates have skills and knowledge to work effectively within Indigenous communities  
  • Option to earn a second diploma in another community services program in just 1 year when you graduate 


Admission requirements

or graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)

International Student Admissions

Are you an international student? Learn more about additional requirements.

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Additional admission requirements

To participate in field placements, students will need Synergy Basic clearance including: First Aid, CPR C, CPIC Vulnerable Sector Check, WHIMIS, AODA, Workplace Health & Safety, Workplace Violence & Prevention, and a WSIB Student Agreement

  • Additional medical clearance may be required for some placement sites which support vulnerable populations, including: MMR, TB Step 1 and 2, Varicella, Tetanus/ Diphtheria (Td), Pertussis, Polio, and Hepatitis B.

See the Field Placement manual for more information.

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Program Delivery

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENG 1002College Communications3
IND 1003Introduction to Indigenous Studies3
PSY 1003Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health & Addictions3
WES 1010Professional Com/ Giigadowin I3
WES 1111SWPractice/Oshkaabewis I4
WES 1002Anishnabeg/Indigenous Social Services I3
One General Education Course. 13
Semester 2
ENG 1242Speaking/Writing Comm. Services I3
WES 1003Anishnabeg/Indigenous Family and Community Dynamics3
WES 1211SWPractice/Oshkaabewis II4
WES 1241Professional Com/Giigadowin II3
WES 1295Field Work I2
One General Education course. 13
Semester 3
WES 1004Anishnabeg/Indigenous Social Services II3
WES 1063Anishnabeg/Indigenous Social Work Practice III4
WES 1251Ethics3
WES 2053Community Development3
WES 2320Group Dynamics3
One General Education course. 13
Semester 4
WES 2491Field Work II20
 Total Credits79

For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$3,996.30Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

International Students

$17,608.33Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

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 and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

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Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Community Services

Discover the profound difference you can make in the lives of others when you follow the rewarding and noble path provided by Cambrian’s School of Community Services. Community Services programs prepare you to address social and community needs, support child and family welfare, navigate support systems and become a powerful force for positive change.

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Specific program pathways

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian’s college and university agreement details for further information. 

Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities

Graduates may seek employment for casework and counselling positions within:

  • First Nations
  • Indigenous sector and communities
  • Long term care and older adult services
  • Residential services and Treatment Centre’s 
  • Children, youth  family, and Elders services
  • Women’s and LGBTQ2S+ services
  • Justice and victims services
  • Health, mental health, and addiction services
  • Immigration and refugee services
  • Employment and education programs
  • Government
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Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

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