Here are some of the highlights for this micro-credential.

  • No application process, no pre-requisites, open to anyone

  • Learn at your own pace using a computer, tablet, or smartphone

  • Take up to 120 days to complete the micro-credential

  • Receive a certificate of course completion and digital badge for successfully completing the course, which can be shared on social media (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter), downloaded as a PDF, or even embedded in an email signature

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this micro-credential, you should be able to:

  • Recognize introductory and foundational terms as it relates to Indigenous grief and loss practices

  • Describe various grief and loss coping mechanisms, support methods, and systems, such as the "Medicine Wheel."

  • Analyze the "Stress Path Model" and your own personal thresholds and stress-related symptoms

  • Analyze the seven stages of the "Extended Kubler-Ross Model of Grief" and the impact of grief and loss on our emotional and psychological health

  • Evaluate the signs and symptoms of grief and loss and how to support our loved ones and ourselves during this time

  • Examine our own beliefs concerning grief and loss and the importance of achieving balance, forgiveness, and gratitude

  • Evaluate the gifts and tools given to us to deal with grief and loss while considering cultural differences

Micro-credential Overview

In this 30-hour micro-credential, learners will discover foundational terms and concepts related to Indigenous grief and loss practices. They will explore various grief and loss coping mechanisms, support methods, and systems, such as the "Medicine Wheel." Additionally, learners will explore the "Stress Path Model," the seven stages of the "Extended Kubler-Ross Model of Grief," and the impact of grief and loss on our emotional and psychological well-being. Lastly, learners will also be asked to examine their own beliefs concerning grief and loss, and the importance of seeking balance, forgiveness, and gratitude as they experience this journey with loved ones. 

Review the curriculum below to see the topics. Learners who successfully complete the micro-credential will earn a digital badge and certificate of course completion that can be downloaded and shared via social media.

You will have access to this course for 120 days to work through the content. 

Course curriculum

    1. Land Acknowledgement

    2. Questionnaire

    1. Introduction from Sault College's eLearning Department

    2. What is asynchronous online self-directed learning?

    3. Learner Resources and Supports

    4. Technology Requirements

    5. Privacy and Accessibility Policies

    6. Navigation

    7. Learner Introductions

    8. Discussion Forum: Learner Engagement

    9. Technical Discussion Forum

    10. Frequently Asked Questions

    11. Help & Contact Information

    1. Before we begin...

    2. Welcome & Micro-credential Information

    3. Learning Outcomes

    4. Modes of Learning

    1. Lesson 1: Introduction to Niboodeziwin (Grief & Loss)

    2. Lesson 1: Modes of Learning

    3. Lesson 1: Learning Objectives

    4. Lesson 1: Introduction - Self-care

    5. Lesson 1: Resources

    6. Lesson 1: Foundational Terms and Definitions

    7. Knowledge Check

    8. Lesson 1: Key Concepts and Definitions

    9. Lesson 1: Key Concepts and Definitions Continued

    10. Lesson 1: Key Concepts and Definitions

    11. Knowledge Check

    12. Lesson 1: Window of Tolerance

    13. Lesson 1: Check-in

    14. Lesson 1: Mourning

    15. Knowledge Check

    16. Lesson 1: Personal Reflection

    17. Lesson 1: Summary

    18. Lesson 1: Quiz

    19. Lesson 1: References

    1. Lesson 2: Introduction to Niboodeziwin (Grief & Loss)

    2. Lesson 2: Modes of Learning

    3. Lesson 2: Learning Objectives

    4. Lesson 2: Introductory Video

    5. Lesson 2: Reflection

    6. Lesson 2: Activity

    7. Lesson 2: The Medicine Wheel

    8. Knowledge Check

    9. Lesson 2: Reflection

    10. Lesson 2: Summary

    11. Lesson 2: Quiz

    12. Lesson 2: References

    1. Lesson 3: Modes of Learning

    2. Lesson 3: Learning Objectives

    3. Lesson 3: Experiencing Loss

    4. Lesson 3: Calm to Trauma Pathway

    5. Knowledge Check

    6. Video

    7. Lesson 3: Interactive Activity

    8. Lesson 3: Indigenous Knowledge and Traditions Videos

    9. Lesson 3: Personal Stress

    10. Knowledge Check

    11. Lesson 3: Reflection

    12. Lesson 3: Summary

    13. Lesson 3: Quiz

    14. Lesson 3: References

About this course

  • $425.00
  • 185 lessons
  • 0 hours of video content

Content Writers & Contributors

Niigaaniin Services Niigaaniin Services

Where we came from At the time of its inception, Niigaaniin was only a pilot program; designed to help those who’ve been left behind by the social services that were available on reserve. In the past, First Nations did not provide general welfare or Ontario Works to non-band members or single parents. Single parents received assistance from the Family Benefits Office in Sudbury. Non band members had to contact the Sioux Lookout office for services. With the announcement that the Family Allowance (most commonly known as the Mother’s Allowance) offices were closing opened an opportunity to deliver Ontario Works to those single parents that resided within our communities. The creators (welfare administrators) of Niigaaniin saw a need in their communities and became the first official group delivery agent of Ontario Works on reserve. Niigaaniin became responsible for the delivery of the program to all people in need within our communities, without discrimination.

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