Anishnaabemowin and Program Development

Program: ANPD
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2022
Location: Barrie


Students acquire Anishnaabemowin skills to develop and implement sustainable language programs in Indigenous communities and organizations. Students practice their speaking skills through interactions in the classroom, language labs, in the community and through immersion activities. The history of Anishnaabemowin and current issues affecting revitalization and preservation are also studied. Incorporating the Anishnaabe world view, students examine the role and importance of Anishnaabemowin in ceremony, cultural values, and community.

Career Opportunities

This program prepares students for a variety of language-related careers, including teacher of Anishnaabemowin as a second language, translator, language consultant, language specialist or storytellers. Students may find employment in school boards, communities, government agencies, education facilities and more.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. apply functional knowledge of the Anishnaabemowin language and writing systems to community language programming initiatives;
  2. identify spoken Anishnaabemowin in a variety of contexts;
  3. apply knowledge of Anishnaabe cultural values to develop community language programming initiatives;
  4. promote community language programming initiatives applying relevant knowledge of Anishnaabe linguistic history and dialects;
  5. recommend Anishnaabe-specific teaching methods in the development of an Anishnaabemowin program;
  6. implement Indigenous language programming that addresses critical sociocultural issues;
  7. apply sustainability best practices in the workplace and community to preserve the Anishnaabe language;
  8. converse at a functional level in Anishnaabemowin through immersion practices;
  9. identify entrepreneurial opportunities within community to revitalize and preserve Anishnaabemowin;
  10. use the Fiero writing system to express ideas and tell stories;
  11. lead language learning activities in small groups.

Program Progression

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2022
  • Sem 2: Winter 2023
  • Sem 3: Fall 2023
  • Sem 4: Winter 2024


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

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

19 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
4 Anishnaabemowin Labs
3 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, 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.

Program Tracking

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
ANPD 1000 History of Anishnaabemowin 42
ANPD 1001 Writing Systems 42
ANPD 1002 Verbs and Nouns 1 42
ANPD 1003 Language in the Home 42
INDG 1001 Indigenous Heritage, Tradition and Culture 42
Anishnaabemowin Lab  
ANPD 1004 Anishnaabemdaa 1 126
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
ANPD 1005 Kinoomaadwin 1 42
ANPD 1006 Language in the Community 42
ANPD 1007 Verbs and Nouns 2 42
ANPD 1008 Anishnaabemowin Resources 1 42
Anishnaabemowin Lab  
ANPD 1009 Anishnaabemdaa 2 126
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
ANPD 2000 Language Preservation and Revitalization 42
ANPD 2001 Anishnaabemowin Resources 2 42
ANPD 2002 Language Placement 1 42
ANPD 2003 Language in the Workplace 42
ANPD 2004 Anishnaabemowin Structures 42
Anishnaabemowin Lab  
ANPD 2005 Anishnaabemdaa 3 126
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 4
Program Courses  
ANPD 2006 Language in the Natural Environment 42
ANPD 2007 Language Placement 2 42
ANPD 2008 Anishnaabemowin Program Development 42
ANPD 2009 Interactive Anishnaabemowin 42
ANPD 2010 Kinoomaadwin 2 42
Anishnaabemowin Lab  
ANPD 2011 Anishnaabemdaa 4 126
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
 Total Hours1512

Graduation Window 

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of two years (as stated above) may take a maximum of four years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Disclaimer: The information in this document 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. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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