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.

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, colonization, and cultural practice. The cultural content is delivered by Yellowhead Tribal Elders and students will be mentored by both experienced Indigenous and non-Indigenous social workers during practicum hours. Students will also have daily access to Elders and Indigenous instructors. Non-social work courses are geared to enhance knowledge in the areas of First Nations history, language, culture, and governance. 

Admission requirements

  1. All applicants must complete and submit an Indigenous Social Work Diploma package which can be printed from the YTC website or picked up at YTC.  
  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

For the September 2017 intake, YTC will be accepting applications and documents until Monday, July 31 at 4:30 pm. If all required documents are not submitted by this date, the application will be closed and considered incomplete. 

For further information on this program, please contact:

Gino Restivo, Program Head

Courses offered in Indigenous Social Work program