Social Innovation/Community Development Program

Social Innovation/Community Development (SICD)

The Social Innovation/Community Development program is delivered on-site and provides graduates with accreditation from Red River College, delivered in partnership with Centre for Aboriginal Human Resources (Neeginan Institute of Technology).

Women will study courses such as Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Indigenous Perspectives on Leadership Structures, Communication and Learning Applications, Financial Literacy, Applied Economics and Professional Development in preparation for a career in community development. There will also be a 4 week unpaid work practicum. The goals of the program are to support adult learners on their personal and professional journey, by developing strengths and overcoming barriers.

All Educational Programs are designed to create a safe environment that provides culturally authentic opportunities for the women to become connected to their history, themselves, their community and nation. Women are provided with learning opportunities to become self-directing and begin to set goals as well as discover options.

What hours would I have to go to school?

If you are accepted, students take classroom instruction from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday – Friday. SICD is a 10 month program with a fall start date.

Please note that some alternative program deliver may occur in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to keep with social distancing requirements but the program will continue to be delivered in a fulltime capacity.

Is there any work experience?

Yes! After you complete the 9 months of classroom training, you have a 4 week practicum. Practicums have included work with government, community and non-profit organizations. Program staff aim to have positions available at the end of each practicum.

How much does it cost?

Books and computers are all included in the training. Participants are required to work with the Funding Officer at the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD) to secure funding for tuition and living costs.

Who can take this training?

· Women of Indigenous ancestry who are 18 years and over

· Regular Admission: Grade 12 Math and Grade 12 English, or

· Mature Student Admission: Grade 10 Math and Grade 10 English, or

· Successful completion of Reading and Math Level Placement Assessment


Are students successful?

IOAA 2016-2017 Statistics

Graduation Rate (19/22) = 86%

Secured Employment from work placement – (9/19) = 47%

How do I apply?


Centre for Aboriginal Human Resources (CAHRD)

403 – 181 Higgins Avenue

Phone: 204-989-7110

For More Information:

Jennifer Mousseau

Team Lead of Education & Training Programs
Phone: (204) 953-5820 ext. 207

You may also apply at the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resources at 403 – 181 Higgins Avenue, phone 204–989–7110.


Semester start date: Annually in September