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Surfrider 2017 EcoStar Awards Finalist

Indigenous Perspective Society (IPS) is proud to have been a finalist in the 2017 Vancouver Island EcoStar Awards in the Greenest Office category.

IPS has a zero-waste policy, which means we compost and recycle everything we can. The IPS team cares deeply about being mindful of our impact on our natural environment and employs best practices for our society’s sustainability. We are always looking at ways to conserve power, decrease emissions, support well-being, and we do our best to reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink!

The Surfrider EcoStar Awards awards recognize outstanding environmental achievements and leadership by businesses, organizations and individuals. These awards are given to local champions of initiatives, projects and innovations that contribute to a vibrant future in which our communities and ecology both prosper.

For more information about the awards and to see a listing of all the outstanding organizations that Join Indigenous Perspectives Society on the Finalists list visit:


Children’s Aid Foundation Foster Care Transition Kits

Each year in November, Indigenous Perspectives Society packs 200 back packs for children in care. These back packs help children in care have a few things of their very own to help them get through a difficult time. This year Northwest Internation Child and Families Services Society in Terrace/Prince Rupert, Denisiqi Child and Family Services, Williams Lake and Foster Parent Support Services will be partnering with us.

Backpacks are assembled for a range of ages from 0-2, 3-5, 6-12, and 13-18. They include bibs, sippy cups, and toys for the little ones, tablets, mp3 players, books, puzzles and art supplies for the other age ranges. Hoodies were donated for the older children and this year Dr. Chris Bryant, a dentist in Sooke, donated 200 tooth brush kits to the backpacks.

IPS would like to thank Gerry Denis and Tara Garnet from Staples on McCallum Rd who negotiated discounts on many items for the backpacks from their suppliers.

Launched in November 2013 through the leadership support of a private donor, the Children’s Aid Foundation’s Ted and Loretta Rogers Foster Care Transition Program aims to improve the experience of coming into care for children by providing items and resources that aid in their comfort, well-being, safety, and sense of security.


Pictured in photos are IPS staff Candace McKivett, Michele Oatman, Pamela Bevan, and Barbara Smith

Cultural Perspectives Training November 8, 2016


There are still a few seats left in our November 8th session of Cultural Perspectives Training! Registration closes November 2.

Do you want to have a thriving and diverse workplace that supports growth and well-being?

Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) offers Cultural Perspectives Training (CPT) to help governments, organizations, businesses and individuals deepen their understanding and develop actionable ideas to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.

Cultural Perspectives Training addresses:

  • The legacy of colonization including inter-generational trauma, privilege and racism, and what it means to an individual or organization wanting to build successful relationships with Indigenous people and communities
  • How to create a Call to Action response plan that turns ideas in to meaningful action

Upon completion, the outcomes that participants can anticipate are:

  • Applying anti-oppressive ideologies and methods into work and daily life
  • Engaging in ongoing reflection on how privilege and stereotypes impact work and relationships
  • Strengthening collaborative working relationships with Indigenous people and communities

To accommodate the learning needs of adults and professionals, Cultural Perspectives Training is offered through a blended learning model that balances in-class sharing, learning, and collaboration with self-guiding online resources, research and off-site action-taking.

Length:  7 hours in class and 8 hours online
Cost: $250.00 per person

Register Here

Supporting Two Spirit Youth: Curriculum for Front-line Service Providers

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*This training is now full. Indigenous Perspectives Society is pleased to announce a free day of training on October 11, 2017, Supporting Two Spirit Youth for front-line service providers and caregivers, thanks to the support of Queer as Funk.

  • Length: 7 hours
  • Next Session: October 11, 2017 at 9 am to 4:30 pm
  • Location: IPS Office, 664 Granderson Ave.
  • Registration: Free! Sponsored by Queer As Funk

For more information and to register, visit

IPS & NFB Wide Awake present the Victoria Premiere of Birth of a Family

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Birth of a Family Media Release – Aug 21, 2017

VICTORIA – Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) is hosting the Victoria Premiere screening of Birth of a Family, as part of Aabiziingwashi (WideAwake): NFB Indigenous Cinema on Tour.

“We grew up in white homes, speaking only English and with no connection to our people or our culture. Though we were loved, we were outsiders in families that had grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins that were not ours.” Betty Ann Adam.

When is a family reunion not a reunion?  When your family has never met.

Birth of a Family Trailer

September 21, 2017

Doors at 6:30 pm, Film at 7 pm

The Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St.

Tickets by donation ($10 suggested)

This special evening of thought provoking film launches a new fundraising campaign to help Indigenous Perspectives Society support delivering capacity building training underfunded communities and organizations.

“We have communities and organizations throughout BC and across Canada that cannot afford the training they need,” said IPS Associate Director Rachelle Dallaire. “We get a lot of requests from front line service providers and communities wanting to make positive changes, but they do not have the budget to support their learning needs. Our motto is creating excellence through training and leadership, and that is exactly what we hope to do with the funds generated from this campaign.”

Support Indigenous Perspectives Society’s Creating Excellence through Training and Leadership fundraising campaign at

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.

Beginning with a focus on Indigenous child and family service delivery through the     CARF International accredited Aboriginal Social Work training series, IPS has grown to include Cultural Perspectives Training, Adoption Online, Recruitment and Retention of Indigenous People, and more. By creating excellence though training and leadership, IPS has been supporting communities throughout British Columbia and across Canada for more than 22 years.

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Media Contacts:

Rachelle Dallaire, Associate Director, 250 391-0007

Alesha Doran, Business Development Coordinator, 250 857-4962