Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) is a charitable and not-for-profit social enterprise that offers training programs and services that help foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives, cultural differences, and the need for self-determination. By creating excellence through training and leadership, we help strengthen lives and build successful relationships in our communities.
The Indigenous Perspectives Society is accredited by CARF International for its Aboriginal Social Work and Reconciliation from an Indigenous Perspective training programs. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the Society’s conformance to the CARF standards. Learn more about CARF Accreditation of our ASW program here and here.
To advance education, knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures and practices with Indigenous Peoples and for individuals and organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors working with and serving Indigenous Peoples.
The Indigenous Perspectives Society’s vision is to strengthen the lives and contribute to the self-determination of Indigenous peoples through culturally relevant training.
Our mission is to provide culturally relevant training, research, and policy that advances and strengthens the lives of Indigenous peoples.
Our WAY OF BEING as an organization is defined and enriched by the diverse cultures of Aboriginal peoples. In all that we do, we will:
- Honour the right to self-determination of all Aboriginal people.
- Demonstrate courage through innovative and sustainable growth that is culturally grounded.
- Honour the wisdom and contribution of each person and organization with whom we interact.
- Continually challenge ourselves to the highest level of learning and performance.
- Demonstrate accountability, transparency and respect.
IPS Competency Domains
- Indigenous Cultural Perspectives
- Indigenous Child and Family Welfare
- Indigenous Child Permanency
We have a zero-waste policy at IPS, which means we compost and recycle everything. We believe passionately about being mindful of our impact on our environment. We like to conserve power, and we do our best to reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink! IPS has received both the Gold Certificate, Vancouver Island Green Business Award and the Climate Smart Business Award.
Acknowledging Traditional Territory
The southern tip of Vancouver Island (including Victoria and Langford), the San Juan, and the Gulf Islands are the traditional territories of the Lkwungen (Lekwungen) peoples. Where IPS is located was an area rich with resources shared with the neighbouring relations of Schian’exw (Beecher Bay), Ts’ouke (Sooke), Elwa Klallam and Makah.
Lkwungen means “Place to smoke herring”, Lkwung means “to smoke herring” and Lkwungen’athun refers to the language of the land. Lkwungen traditionally and still to-date unites the Esquimalt and Songhees peoples as one family.
We acknowledge and thank the Lkwungen People, also known as the Songhees, Esquimalt, and Beecher Bay First Nations communities, for allowing us to live, work and play on their lands. We also give thanks to the ancestors, supernatural ones, hereditary leaders and matriarchs, creatures big and small for looking after the rich resources and cultural teachings of this beautiful land.