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Indigenous Social Work

Work more effectively with First Nations peoples by learning about Anishnaabe traditional teachings, and Indigenous social work theories, and practices.


Gain knowledge and skills from an accredited program leading to registration and a license from the provincial social work body.

This accredited degree offers the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to work effectively with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

Develop and increase your knowledge and skills to work with First Nations peoples and all communities with two field education placements.

Learn about Anishnaabe traditional teachings, theories and practices from Indigenous faculty and staff, endorsed by the School of Indigenous Relations.

Key Features

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Open to all students regardless of background or heritage.
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Program is recognized and accredited by the Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE), and leads to a provincial social work registration and license from the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). The Indigenous Social Work Program has limited enrollment.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can rest assured knowing there is a multitude of career options they can explore post-graduation. Some career options include, but are not limited to:

  • Child welfare
  • Mental health
  • Correctional services
  • Community development
  • Administration
  • Direct service delivery
  • Policy development

Many of these careers can be found in the public and private sector. Graduates enhanced their employability through a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), Legal Studies (LLB), Graduate Studies (MSW/MIR) and Post-Graduate Studies (PhD).

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Mathew Dueck

Looking back at my time here at Laurentian, I am so grateful for choosing this particular university. I love and value the relationships that I have been able to form with students, staff, faculty members and the opportunities I have been given to get involved in my areas of interests here at the university. The Indigenous Social Work program is especially unique in that it is one of two programs in Canada. In addition to providing mainstream theory, the program fosters Indigenous knowledge through fusing culture, tradition, and ceremony into pedagogy. The professors I have had are not only engaging and well invested in my overall academic experience, but also in my personal wellbeing. I would highly recommend this university and program to others, both Indigenous and Indigenous-minded learners, alike. Laurentian is committed to Truth and Reconciliation and this program is a testament to that. 

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