Indigenous Social Work Diploma

The Indigenous Social Work Diploma program prepares students for social work practice founded on Indigenous knowledge along with examination of Western concepts and approaches.

Mission Statement

To deliver Indigenous Social Work programs that appropriately integrate social work pedagogy with Indigenous knowledge, traditions, culture, and to prepare students for social work practice in organizations. 

Program Details

The Indigenous Social Work Diploma is a dynamic, culturally informed program that focuses on Indigenous Knowledge as a form of de-colonization and empowerment. Students are immersed in cultural teachings and discovery while learning the main pillars of social work practice. The program offers courses in Indigenous Language, Natural Helping systems, decolonization, and cultural practice. The cultural content is delivered by Yellowhead Tribal Elders/Knowledge Keepers, and students are mentored by both experienced Indigenous and non-Indigenous social workers during practicum hours. Non-social work courses are geared toward enhancing knowledge in the areas of First Nations history, language, culture, and governance. 

*The Indigenous Social Work Diploma is in candidacy and going through accreditation with the Alberta College of Social Workers and has a 2-year transfer to many Post-Secondary Bachelor of Social Work Programs, including our own. 

Admission requirements

  1. All applicants must complete and submit an ISWD_application_package-2021.docxIndigenous Social Work Diploma package and two (2) reference forms (available here and here) by July 15, 2021.  
  2. Students must also complete a YTC application and submit the required application fee. All the program criteria are listed in the package. Please note: students without English 30-1 can apply, but must upgrade their English by the start of the Indigenous Social Work Program.

Program Admission Deadlines

Because the Indigenous Social Work Diploma Program is cohort-based, we admit a group of students only once every two years. The next intake is for Fall 2021.

A second and final call for ISWD applications is open, with a closing date of  July 15, 2021.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

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