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 an Indigenous Social Work Program that appropriately integrates social work pedagogy with Indigenous knowledge, traditions and culture and prepares students for entry level social work practice both from Indigenous and non-Indigenous 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, 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 toward enhancing knowledge in the areas of First Nations history, language, culture, and governance. 

*The Indigenous Social Worker Diploma is recognized by the Alberta Association of Social Work 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 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 2019 intake, YTC will be accepting applications and documents beginning January 2019

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 2019.

For further information on this program, please contact:

Brenda Lemay, Admissions officer
780-484-0303, ext. 6158

Courses offered in Indigenous Social Work program