Indigenous Land Based Counsellor (ILBC)

ILBC Overview

Indigenous Land Based Counsellor (ILBC) teaches learners the effectiveness of using therapeutic tools in a land-based setting to help individuals reconnect with their identity, strengths, and self-worth. The program supports learning how to keep yourself, your colleagues, and clients safe in the working environment and focuses on growth of the helper by lighting your inner fire through traditions and ceremony. By weaving culturally specific helping approaches and Indigenous traditional perspectives on healing in contemporary society with clinical therapeutic best practices in the field, the ILBC program is an innovative solution to better serve people seeking support on their healing and wellness journey.

The ILBC is a novel solution designed to service a gap in education and training standards within the non-regulated field of mental health and addiction services in Ontario by connecting western clinical models with Indigenous ways of knowing. This Indigenous designed and future led program is developed by Gwekwaadziwin Miikan, with the support of our partner agencies from the Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy, which includes various treatment centres, healing lodges and includes Ministry representation.  This partnership allows the ILBC to be inclusive of Indigenous cultural diversity through province wide knowledge sharing, which in turn builds culturally appropriate content and leaves learners with a unique cross-cultural perspective of Indigenous healing knowledge and practices within Ontario.

Program of Study

Empower yourself with the knowledge and skills needed for a rewarding career. Learn how to deliver culturally relevant, client-centred care to diverse individuals while learning how the land is an intrinsic aspect of Indigenous culture and how it can effectively transform lives as a valuable part of healing.

Program Highlights

  • Balance of Indigenous knowledge and clinical theory learning related to Mental Health & Addictions.
  • Built with the support of the Indigenous Healing & Wellness Strategy partner organizations to strengthen the awareness and knowledge of First Nation healing strategies within Ontario.
  • Opportunity to visit with Elders and Traditional Knowledge Carriers across Ontario to recognize and honor the value of cultural traditions, stories, and practices.
  • Choice of additional certificate relevant to personal and work interests, which may include Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (ORCKA), Wilderness First Aid, Applied Suicide Intervention and Skills Training, and many more.


Rachel Maracle

Training & Curriculum Specialist



Additional Information

Minimum technology requirements

  • Regular access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection
  • Web cam and headset
  • Personal computer
  • Windows 8, 8.1, or 10 operating system
  • Web browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher
  • Apple Mac
  • OS X operating system
  • Web browser: Firefox or Safari
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)