This 62-credit program is designed to prepare Indigenous students or those with strong ties to Indigenous communities to enhance the self-reliance of Indigenous peoples and communities, both on and off reserves. Working from a Stó:lõ perspective, graduates of the First Nations option will work with individuals and groups on issues of concern to Indigenous communities, including child abuse, substance misuse, family violence, wellness, and economic development. As Indigenous peoples assert their right to self-determination, particularly in the areas of child welfare, healthcare, and education services, the demand will continue to grow for Indigenous social service workers who can provide dynamic services to Indigenous communities.
This program will provide students with direct employment-related skills while at the same time allowing them to earn up to one and a half years of credits towards a BSW at UFV. Thus, a student who is interested in becoming a social worker will be able to develop skills and seek employment as an Indigenous social service worker before going on to complete a professional degree.
Emphasis in the program will be on providing specific skills and knowledge required to work with Indigenous communities on issues of concern to Indigenous peoples. At the same time, students will develop an understanding of the social, political, and cultural context of Indigenous communities.
Assessment of Prior Learning is available for qualified students.
graduation or equivalent (ABE Provincial, Advanced, or GED), or satisfactory
demonstration in terms of undertaking university-level work. Students 19
or older who have completed at least three university-level credits that
apply to the program at the time of application do not require a high school
Be physically and emotionally prepared to undertake a program of
Official transcript (or interim transcript) from all other previous
post-secondary institutions showing grade/course achievement. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details.
An additional application information form detailing all your past work and
volunteer experience and education (include social services related and other).
A personal statement indicating why you want to enter the program and what has
brought you to this career choice. Please refer to the kinds of experiences you
have had in this field, either paid or voluntary. This statement must be at least
250 words and not more than 500 words.
Two recent satisfactory letters of references from past employers, teachers,
or volunteer supervisors who can comment on your suitability to work with people
in the social services field.
These must be on reference forms available from the SWHS department either
online or in person at UFV.
Upon admission to the program, you will be provided with registration
information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs
section). This money will be applied toward tuition fees.
Final payment of all course fees is due by the end of the second week of classes.
Basis for admission decision
All complete applications received by January 31 will be reviewed.
Applications received after this date will be reviewed if space permits.
Personal suitability of applicants will be assessed using a point rating
system. Points are awarded for past academic performance, all work or volunteer
experience (social services or other), demonstrated writing ability, reference
letters, and a personal statement. Admission will be granted
on a first-qualified, first-served basis to those who score above the required threshold.
Only those who submit complete applications and score above the required
threshold will be considered.
If the program is full, qualified students will be placed on a temporary
waitlist. If a space becomes available
before September 1, students will be contacted. After September 1, the waitlist is
The following courses are required, although the order and timing may vary.
Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences
Introduction to Social Work and Human
First Nations of British Columbia – Traditional Cultures
or ANTH 112
in B.C.: Contemporary Issues
or PSYC 102
Group B, Social Services diploma elective
Ways of Healing and Helping
Introduction to Social
Semester V (Summer)
Pre-Placement Seminar II (online)
Communications: Stó:lõ World View
Group A, Social Services diploma elective
Social Services Theory and Practice
Please see this section of the Social
Services diploma for lists of eligible elective courses.
in Extended Studies in Social Services - First Nations option
The certificate is designed for students who:
Have previously graduated with a diploma in Social Services, Substance Abuse, or Criminal Justice, or a Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Criminal Justice, Adult Education, General Studies, or equivalent; and
Wish to complete the equivalent of the First Nations option of the Social Services diploma.
For details about entrance and program requirements, please contact the School of Social Work and Human Services.