General Arts and Science - Shki Miikan (New Road)

Program: GASK
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 2 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


During this foundation year, students embark on a personal journey of discovery. Students develop a solid academic base, assess education and career options, and develop self-management skills. Through Indigenous language and teachings, students explore their sense of cultural identity. Traditional teachings and smudging are integrated daily throughout each academic semester in social activities, individual program courses, and Traditional Teacher/Elder visits.

Please note: Indigenous includes First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and Non Status People.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may use the Shki Miikan foundation year as a pathway to further studies at the college level. Others may choose to seek employment in supportive occupations requiring a general education or with organizations that prefer to administer their own training program.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • articulate aspects of one's identity in order to embark on a path towards a lifelong wellness journey;
  • examine personal accountability, professionalism, and ethical behaviour;
  • identify generational factors that contribute to health, social, entrepreneurial and economic issues affecting Indigenous communities;
  • discuss cultural awareness and sensitivity through an exploration of Indigenous culture, language, tradition, and healing;
  • show awareness of cultural diversification;
  • plan and prepare a variety of communications and presentations;
  • identify environmental sustainable practices in the community to preserve the culture and traditions.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Graduation Requirements

8 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
2 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
COMP 1003Microcomputer Applications
GNED 1010Ojibwe Language and Culture 1
GNED 2055Ojibwe Language and Culture 2
INDG 1000Personal Growth and Development
INDG 1001Indigenous Heritage, Tradition and Culture
INDG 1002Indigenous Community and Family Life
INDG 1003Introduction to Psychology: An Indigenous Perspective
INDG 1004Holistic Health and Healing
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 2 courses from the general education list during registration.

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.