Pathways to Indigenous Empowerment – Preparation – Algonquin College

Program Info

School: Algonquin College
Faculty: General Arts and Science
Degree: Certificate
Field of Study: Aboriginal Studies
Description: This one-year Ontario College Certificate, designed in collaboration with Indigenous communities, provides you with the opportunity to develop academic and career skills while exploring traditional knowledge and building a set of transferable skills. This program helps you to explore your abilities and interestes, determine your career options and learn in a post-secondary setting.

Unique program elements such as individualized program delivery and personal weekly coaching sessions build a circle of care to engage your interests and nurture self-confidence. You are invited to explore the College and the Ottawa community by taking part in learning activities on and around the campus and by participating in various field trips.

With courses in subjects such as math, computers, and communications along with courses that explore traditional Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing, this program helps you to prepare for further post-secondary studies or to expand your readiness for employment. It represents and shares Indigenous valus that foster an inclusive, culturally meaningful approach to education and career options that connect your interests with your community.

As a graduate, you may apply for further post-secondary programs or apply for work that suits your knowledge, skills and abilities. Completion of this certificate confirms to potential employers that you are able to learn at a post-secondary level. Since career exploration and planning is a key component of this program, employment opportunities within your home community may be an outcome of coursework activities and community engagement.

URL: Pathways to Indigenous Empowerment – Preparation at Algonquin College
Course Based: Yes
Length: 1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $16,104

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LOCATION: Ottawa, Ontario
ENTRANCE DATES: January, May, September
TELEPHONE: (613) 727-4723 – 7031
TOLL FREE: (800) 565-4723
FAX: (613) 727-7665
ADDRESS: 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology was established in 1967, and is located on the unceded territory of the Algonquin People. The College has served over 50 years as a leader in post-secondary education and undergone significant growth since its establishment. Algonquin students are sought out by employers in every industry due to the hands-on skills and career focus they gain from learning in realistic lab and classroom environments. By the time students graduate, they are ready to take on the work world.


Algonquin College provides on-campus housing for students, with a variety of room options to choose from. Whether you are looking for a female only room or a male only room, we have something that will fit your needs. Rooms are all shared occupancy, so you will be able to meet new people and make friends during your time here. Plus, our mandatory Meal Plan ensures that you always have access to food when you need it. Payment options are available, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with the school if you have any questions. 


Prerequisites:* These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 will be charged.

Fees & Scholarships

International student:$18,114

Notes for Canadian Students:

College fees are set in accordance with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ policies. Fees must be paid each term for you to officially register for your classes. Your costs will vary depending on your program of study, lifestyle and other variables.

Notes for International Students:

A differential fee will apply to international students. Please contact International at for current fee information.

Scholarships, prizes and awards are given in recognition of academic excellence, and can include money, plaques, books, medals, etc, or any combination thereof. They are given in recognition of achievement at a variety of levels (program, department, school), for various areas (subject, program, activity, student government, etc.) and often reflect the interest and commitment of donors from the community. Visit Financial Aid page for more information.

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