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First Nations Community Wellness

“Traditions of healing for societies today”

The First Nations Community Wellness Diploma is a two-year post-secondary program, meeting the criteria for sponsorship by First Nation Education Authorities. Communities or organizations can sponsor a full offering of the Diploma program in their community or region.

First Nations Community Wellness Diploma

If you are employed as a social services worker within an Indigenous community and want to build on your knowledge base and develop skills to enhance your effectiveness, you will find that this academically rigorous program of studies has been developed in response to needs of communities such as yours.

Program Description

As a 60-credit hour (2 years) post-secondary program, the First Nation Wellness Diploma, formerly known as the Aboriginal Community Wellness Diploma, meets the criteria for sponsorship by First Nation Education Authorities. Arrangements can be made with communities or organizations interested in sponsoring a full offering of the Diploma program in their community or region.

The Diploma is holistic in its approach to learning and to health. Each of the courses incorporates knowledge of ‘western’ concepts and traditional philosophies and knowledge systems of Indigenous  people as they relate to mental health and wellness. The courses use adult education methodology as a link between health and wellness theory and practice and the real issues workers face daily in their role as a service worker.

This program is a partnership initiative between Access and Aboriginal Focus Programs, Extended Education, The University of Manitoba, and the Manitoba Community Wellness Working Group (MCWWG).

Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the First Nations Community Wellness Diploma is based on a selection process.

  • You are employed or plan future employment in the Social Services field
  • An assessment is made from the information on your application
  • You meet the University of Manitoba admission requirements as a regular or mature student
  • The following documents should accompany your application

If applicable, a Letter of Support from your employer must accompany your application.
A letter from your sponsor that confirms their sponsorship and funding for the duration of the program (tuition and/or books) must accompany your application.


Core Courses – 33 Credit Hours

  • Introduction to University
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Counselling Skills for Nurses
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Addictions (Selected Topic in Social Work)
  • Aboriginal Spirituality
  • Native Peoples of Canada 1
  • Native Medicine and Health
  • Physical Activity, Health and Wellness
  • Nutrition for Health and Changing Lifestyles
  • Electives (Specialization Courses) 27 Credit Hours

The program will comprise of 27 hours (credit) in a specialization, (e.g. Addictions, Wellness and Diabetes). The courses will be selected by the program’s Curriculum Management Committee.

How Do I Apply?

To apply to the First Nations Community Wellness Diploma, please contact us.

Access and Aboriginal Focus Programs

Phone:  204.474.8000
Toll-free in Manitoba: 1-800-432-1960 ext. 8000
Fax: 204.275.6489