Anishnaabemowin and Program Development

Program: ANPD
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2024
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 immersion labs, community interactions, and through immersive Virtual Reality (VR) technology 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 storyteller. 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 Fiero writing system to community language programming initiatives;
  2. promote relevant community language programming initiatives using knowledge of Anishnaabe cultural values, linguistic history, and dialects;
  3. use suitable language teaching and learning principles and methods in the development and delivery of Anishnaabemowin programming;
  4. implement Indigenous language programming that addresses critical sociocultural issues;
  5. apply sustainability best practices in the workplace and community to preserve the Anishnaabe language;
  6. speak with peers and community members fluently using functional Anishnaabemowin;
  7. identify entrepreneurial opportunities within community to revitalize and preserve Anishnaabemowin;
  8. facilitate language learning activities for community–based language program delivery;
  9. use and adapt educational technologies in a variety of contexts to create resources that support Anishnaabemowin learners.

Program Progression

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

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2024
  • Sem 2: Winter 2025
  • Sem 3: Fall 2025
  • Sem 4: Winter 2026


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

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • 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 for Prior Learning website for details:

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.

Graduation Requirements

17 Program Courses
4 Anishnaabemowin Labs 
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
2 Field/Language Placements

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 1010 Anishnaabemdaa 1 84
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
ANPD 1006 Language in the Community 42
ANPD 1007 Verbs and Nouns 2 42
ANPD 1008 Anishnaabemowin Resources 1 42
ANPD 1011 Interactive Anishnaabemowin 42
Anishnaabemowin Lab  
ANPD 1012 Anishnaabemdaa 2 84
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 1005 Kinoomaadwin 1 42
ANPD 2000 Language Preservation and Revitalization 42
ANPD 2002 Language Placement 1 42
ANPD 2003 Language in the Workplace 42
ANPD 2004 Anishnaabemowin Structures 42
Anishnaabemowin Lab  
ANPD 2012 Anishnaabemdaa 3 84
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 4
Program Courses  
ANPD 2001 Anishnaabemowin Resources 2 42
ANPD 2006 Language in the Natural Environment 42
ANPD 2007 Language Placement 2 42
ANPD 2008 Anishnaabemowin Program Development 42
ANPD 2010 Kinoomaadwin 2 42
Anishnaabemowin Lab  
ANPD 2013 Anishnaabemdaa 4 84
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
 Total Hours1344

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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