Your Career

Careers may be found in agencies including: private, government, and aboriginal programs in the areas of mental health, education, addictions, outreach, family services and social welfare.

Program Information

OCAS Program Code: 1218
Campus: OSHKI
Credential Awarded: Ontario College Diploma
Awarding Institution: OSHKI / Sault College
College Length: 5 Semesters
Start Date: September 2018*

*start dates are subject to change

Program Eligibility

1. For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS):
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (U/C) or Open (O) preparation levels.
Required courses: Grade 12 College or University preparation English. OR

2. For graduates of the old curriculum (OS:IS):
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent. OR

3. Mature Student Status
To be eligible for Mature Student status an applicant must be a minimum of 19 years of age.

Applicant Selection

Applicants must meet the admission requirements for the Social Services Worker - Native Specialization program delivered by Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education & Training Institute. As part of the admissions process each applicant must submit the following:

1. An Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Program Application Form.

2. An online or paper application to the Ontario College Application Services (OCAS).

3. Official transcript(s) from the last institution attended.

4. Proof of post-secondary sponsorship in the form of a written letter which states the name of the student, the program of study and the duration of sponsorship.

Program Description

This unique two-year diploma uses social work knowledge and skills with individuals, families and communities to reflect culturally based solutions in working with existing issues in First Nation, rural and urban communities. Those interested in giving back to their communities, advocating for social justice, and basically helping others will be drawn to work in the social services.

Native and non-Native students are encouraged to enter the program in order to develop a culturally competent, professional, client-centred approach to social services work. Both recent high school graduates and those students who have been out of school for a while thrive in our unique learning environment at Oshki-Pimache-O-Win. Knowledge and skills in the areas of mental health, addictions, family violence, working with groups/circles, grief issues and crisis intervention prepare students for entry into the helping professions. In addition to academic course work, students will also acquire 500 hours of hands on work experience through agency field placements.

The Social Service Worker - Native Specialization graduate will possess excellent professional skills built on the diverse world views. This allows Social Services Workers a unique voice in advocating and capacity building in Northern communities or anywhere they choose to practice.

Social Service Work is a regulated profession with standards for practice and established professional ethics regulated by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Social Service Worker - Native Specialization students acquire the necessary skills and knowledge of this profession while respecting and understanding Aboriginal world views and approaches. The diploma received is recognized by the provincial government and grants eligibility for full professional membership in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

This program may be extended to allow for an additional semester.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee will be announced at a later date.

Other Requirements

Prior to commencement of field placement, the following is required:

1. An up-to-date immunization record.
2. A recent Criminal Reference Check.
3. 2 step TB testing
4. Standard First Aid / CPR Level C



CMM 110 College Communication Skills

NSW 101 Foundations for Balanced Practice

HDG 122 Personal and Academic Success Strategies

NSW 107 The Parallel Worlds of Metal Health

PSY 111 Developmental Psychology

NSW 106 Fieldwork Seminar IA

NSW 105 Fieldwork Placement IA


NSW 104 Canadian Social Welfare & Aboriginal Policies

NSW 114 Understanding Aboriginal Wellness in Canada

NSW 111 Human Behaviour & the Social Environment

NSW 125 Working with Families

NSW 116 Fieldwork Seminar IB

NSW 120 Fieldwork Placement IB


GEN 100 Global Citizenship

NSW 100 Addictions: Individuals, Family and Community

NSW 203 Essential Skills

NSW 217 Groups I

NSW 215 Fieldwork Seminar IIA

NSW 220 Fieldwork Placement IIA


CMM 225 Human Services Communication

NSA 135 Anishinaabemowin

NSW 214 Aboriginal Healing Methods

NSW 227 Groups II

NSW 225 Fieldwork Seminar IIB

NSW 230 Fieldwork Placement IIB


NSW 102 Capacity Building for Communities

NSW 221 Crisis Intervention

NSW 235 Fieldwork Seminar IIC

NSW 240 Fieldwork Placement IIC

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Cinnamon Kelly, Recruitment Officer
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Phone: 807-626-1880