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.

*YTC' Indigenous Social Work Diploma has achieved full accredidation from the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW). Press Release 

Admission requirements

  • See details below to complete two applications required for this program:

 1. Complete the YTC application to generate you a student profile in our system.

2. The Department Head Shawn Meier needs your complete ISWD application package.

    • Complete a General YTC Application form Online application form OR print this paper copy Application 2023/2024 
    • You can email your application to
    • OR you can mail your application to #303 10045 156St NW Edmonton, AB T5P2P7 
    • OR come drop off your application with our receptionist in the library here at our College. We are located on the 3rd floor in the Orange Hub 10045 156 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5P 2P7. 
    • AND

    • Program Admission Deadlines
    • Because the Indigenous Social Work Diploma is cohort-based, we admit a group of students only once every two years. 

    • The next intake is for Fall 2025

    • 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 is cohort-based, we admit a group of students only once every two years. The next intake is for Fall 2025. 

    For further information on this program, please contact:

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Courses offered in the Indigenous Social Work Diploma program: