Bridging Cultures

Pijashig! Kwe Kwe! Tunngahugit! She:kon! Aanii! Boozhoo! Tansi! Taanishe! Hello! Bienvenue!

Are you committed to social justice for Indigenous families and communities? Do you have a passion for working towards the healthy development and welfare of Indigenous children and youth? 

Indigenous communities throughout northwestern Ontario often experience cultural, geographical and other barriers to service. Confederation College’s Native Child and Family Services program focuses on how to effectively overcome these barriers. You’ll learn how to help connect people with the services they need in their everyday lives in Thunder Bay and throughout the region. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to work with Indigenous children and families and advocate for a better future for Indigenous peoples. Topics covered include social services, Indigenous culture and history, professional communications, child welfare, contemporary Indigenous society, Indigenous interventions and healing practices and child development.

Learn how to help Indigenous families and communities make a change for the better!

Alumni Ashley Nurmela (right) leads a silent walk as part of the Stand Up Against Racism protest
Student Irene Williams Working on a wellness flower
Student Chelsea Larson (Right) on her placement met a special guest, Canadian Senator Marilou McPhedran (Left)
NCFS (2nd Year) Student - Raising Awareness about their Harmony Mural and looking for submissions.
NCFS (2nd Year) Student - Raising Awareness about their Harmony Mural and looking for submissions.
NCFS (2nd Year) Student - Raising Awareness about their Harmony Mural and looking for submissions.
2nd Year NCFS Harmony Mural Group Photo
Melissa Deschamps (2nd Year NCFS) reading her Dedication of the Harmony Mural to Barbara Kentner
The Harmony Mural
2017 Graduates
Pam Burton with 2017 Graduates
2017 Graduate
2017 Graduates
Pam Burton, NCFS Prof/Coordinator & Jana-Rae Yerxa, ACA/ACR Prof/Coordinator


  • The NCFS program has recently received SSW equivalency.  Graduates are eligible to become Registered Social Services Workers with the Ontario College of Social Work and Social Services Workers.

  • Prepare for positions in a variety of social services settings including child welfare agencies, women’s shelters, urban Aboriginal organizations and on-reserve services
  • Available through Contact North bi-annually 
  • Field placements provide hands-on experience working with Aboriginal or Aboriginal-focused organizations
  • Also offered as an accelerated program for those with a college diploma or university degree in a related field
  • You might also be interested in our Social Service Worker program … 

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General Counsellor

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photo - Ashley Nurmela

Ashley Nurmela

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program are in high demand in Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations with a focus on strengthening and empowering Indigenous families and children, and working to build healthy communities. These positions may include child welfare, youth outreach, prevention and health promotion, domestic violence intervention, community development, substance abuse treatment and family healing programs.

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