Indigenous Perspectives Society

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Lifelong Connections Fund Receiving Applications

The Lifelong Connections fund provides up to $4500 for community events and activities that raise awareness of permanency for Indigenous and Métis children and youth. The activities can take place up to March 31, 2018.

All Indigenous and Métis organizations in BC who provide child and family services can apply! Apply at www.lifelongconnections.ca by the deadline of September 13th, 2017.

What is “permanency”? When kids can’t live with their family, they need other adults to step in and provide permanency for them. Permanency means a child or youth has a secure place in a family and a lifelong commitment from at least one adult who can offer them love, guidance, a sense of belonging, and a connection to their culture and heritage. Sometimes permanency means legal adoption (including Aboriginal custom adoption), permanent guardianship, moral adoption, or a significant lifelong relationship with a relative or family friend.

The Lifelong Connections fund is an initiative of the Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD) in partnership with the Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC), the Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS), Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Child & Family Services, the Métis Commission for Children and Families of BC, Métis Nation BC, Northwest Internation Family & Community Services Society (NIFCS), and Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (VACFASS).

Need more information? Have a question? Visit www.lifelongconnections.ca or email lifelongconnections@bcadoption.com.

Or call Mary Caros or Brianna Brash-Nyberg at 604-320-7330.

Button Blanket Project Launches With An Abundance Of Community Support

 

Buton Blanket Project

 

Indigenous Perspectives Society’s Button Blanket Project began today with an outpouring of community support not held back by the rainy weather.

“We are honoured to host the button blanket project here at Indigenous Perspectives Society on the traditional territory of the Songhees, Esquimalt and Beecher Bay First Nations,” said Linda Lucas, Indigenous Perspectives Society Executive Director. “We are supporting this project to build community relationships in the spirit of Reconciliation.”

The Society’s button blanket project is a 10-week creative journey of Reconciliation sponsored by the Anglican Church to bring community together and honour our collective commitment to a new way of being in relationship to each other.

“I am grateful and humbled to have been chosen to develop artwork that will bring a community together. A community that will create a beautiful and meaningful art piece in the button blankets, and all the while, learning of each other, of culture and of Reconciliation,” said Darrell Thorne, Coast Salish Artist. “I raise my hands and thank Indigenous Perspectives Society for this opportunity.”

IPS will sew four button blankets with images of Whale, Eagle, Raven, and Wolf that when completed will hang on the walls of the IPS training room as symbols of our dedication to Reconciliation.

“I’m so excited for this opportunity to build relationships through creativity and art,” said Becky Miller, University of Victoria Environmental Studies Graduate Student. “What an honour to partake in Indigenous culture; thank you for hosting such a welcoming event! I am new to British Columbia and look forward to meeting new members of my community.”

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.

To learn more about Indigenous Perspectives Society visit http://ipsociety.ca/

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Attached Photo: Second from left, Darrell Thorne, fourth from left, Laurie MacDonald, and Becky Miller.

Media Contacts:

Laurie MacDonald, 250 391 0007 ext. 223

Barbara Smith, 250 391 0007 ext. 247

 

Button Blanket Project Opening Ceremony

 

Button Blanket Opening

 

You are invited to the opening ceremony of Indigenous Perspectives Society’s Button Blanket Project, a 10-week creative journey of Reconciliation sponsored by the Anglican Church to bring community together and honour our collective commitment to a new way of being in relationship to each other.

Date: January 17, 2017

Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Indigenous Perspectives Society, 644 Granderson Road, Langford, B.C.

Event Details: Our opening event will include storytelling, elder blessings, and food sharing as we begin this creative journey together.

From January 17 to March 21, IPS will sew four button blankets with images of Whale, Eagle, Raven, and Wolf that when completed will hang on the walls of the IPS training room as symbols of our dedication to Reconciliation.

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.

To learn more about Indigenous Perspectives Society visit http://ipsociety.ca/

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Media Contacts:

Laurie MacDonald, 250 391 0007 ext. 223

Barbara Smith, 250 391 0007 ext. 247

Recruitment and Retention

On September 30, Artemis Fire, of Indigenous Perspectives Society, will be joining the Administrative Excellence Conference as the presenter of the Recruitment and Retention workshop.

This workshop will introduce some of the knowledge and skills to build the agencies’ capacity to recruit and retain Indigenous peoples. Screening in, as opposed to screen out, and creating an environment where people want to stay is key. We will walk through the interview process, and share with you the best approaches to get the most out of your recruitment efforts. We will introduce some steps towards evaluating your agency’s retention plan.

Make sure you don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear from Artemis about Recruitment and Retention. Head over to our Administrative Excellence Conference event page for more information on workshops, activities, and registration. We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Samantha Vanderdonck
Executive Coordinator

Project Management

On September 30, Kevin Albers, of the M’akola Group of Societies, will be joining the Administrative Excellence Conference as the presenter of the Project Management workshop.

Ever wondered how to manage your projects better, more effectively and efficiently?  Understanding how the basics of Project Management can assist you, your team and your organization in meeting its objectives, goals and outcomes makes good organizational and business sense.  Learn that you don’t have to be a Project Management specialist to benefit from some of the tools and techniques which we can all use.

Make sure you don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear from Kevin about Project Management. Head over to our Administrative Excellence Conference event page for more information on workshops, activities, and registration. We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Samantha Vanderdonck
Executive Coordinator