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

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

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

  • Take up to 90 days to complete the course

  • 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

Micro-credential Overview

In this 20-hour micro-credential, learners will explore various key concepts associated with Social Services relating to First Nations. Learners will discover the history of Social Services and how they were delivered, particularly towards First Nations communities, as well as the pros and cons of devolutions of services to First Nations. Learners will also explore Jordan's Principle, particularly its origin, goals, and some of the challenges in the future. Learners will learn about Shannen's Dream and how underfunding resources affects children and families. Lastly, learners will be asked to participate in some self-reflection exercises to better understand what a holistic approach looks like through an Indigenous lens.

Review the curriculum below to see the topics covered.  

Learners who successfully complete the course will earn a digital badge and certificate of course completion that can be downloaded and shared via social media. 

You will have access to the course for 90 days to work through the content.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Reflect on what it means to have the privilege of what was granted to non-Indigenous Canadian ancestors before the existence of Canada

  • Discuss key terms, concepts, and language that is often used when discussing the history of the devolution of Social Assistance to First Nationsearn

  • Discuss the history of social supports that were available to First Nations families before 1958

  • Reflect on social services and programming for First Nations families from the 1980s to the 2000s

  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of devolution of services for First Nations communities, including the developments after 2000 that are not enhancing the capacity for First Nations communities to address long-term intergenerational trauma of colonization

  • Describe Jordan's Principle and why it was initiated, and the effect of imbalance and underfunded resources on intergenerational trauma

  • Use the Medicine Wheel to reflect on equality and communities as it relates to mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing


    1. Questionnaire

    1. Introduction from Sault College's eLearning Department

    2. Before we begin...

    3. What is asynchronous online self-directed learning?

    4. Learner Resources and Supports

    5. Technology Requirements

    6. Privacy and Accessibility Policies

    7. Navigation

    8. Learner Introductions

    9. Discussion Forum: Learner Engagement

    10. Technical Discussion Forum

    11. Frequently Asked Questions

    12. Help & Contact Information

    1. Welcome and Micro-credential Information

    2. Micro-credential Overview

    3. Learning Outcomes & Goals

    1. Jordan's Principle- Introductory Module

    2. Introductory Module Quiz

    1. Module 2: Jordan's Principle- Key Concepts

    2. Module 2: Discussion- Jordan's Principle- Key Concepts

    1. Module 3: Jordan's Principle- Social Services Timeline 1800's- 1970's

    2. Module 3: Discussion- Jordan's Principle Social Services Timeline 1800's-1970's

About this course

  • $279.99
  • 36 lessons
  • 0 hours of video content

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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.