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Learn How To Help Tell Their Story – Gladue Report Training

Media Release

Gladue Media Release – Aug 17, 2017

VICTORIA – To support the ongoing development of holistic approaches to criminal justice in Canada, Indigenous Perspectives Society has developed Gladue Report Training in collaborative partnership with Dr. Jane Dickson, Associate Professor of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.

“Indigenous peoples are over-represented in Canada’s criminal justice system due to socio-economic factors arising from intergenerational trauma caused by colonization, including being displaced from their lands, their resources, and the residential school system,” said Indigenous Perspectives Society’s Associate Director Rachelle Dallaire. “With our work in both urban and rural communities, we (Indigenous Perspectives Society) saw the need for well-trained Gladue Report writers to help grow the use of holistic approaches to criminal justice. Gladue Report Training provides the opportunity to employ writers in helping tell the stories of why and how people become involved with the system. Using the Gladue Report process, sentencing can be improved with courts understanding the root causes of behavior.”

Dr. Dickson is a highly-respected scholar and researcher in the area of Indigenous people and criminal justice. She has authored more than 70 Gladue reports and was the evaluator of Legal Aid Saskatchewan’s Gladue Pilot Project. She has advised Cree Nation Government (Quebec) on justice matters and has provided community-based Gladue training to Cree and other Indigenous communities for more than 20 years. Dr. Dickson’s partnership with IPS is a natural extension of her work in communities and at Carleton, where she also offers advanced Gladue training at the graduate level in legal studies and conflict resolution.

“To achieve the remedial goals of Gladue, those who write reports or make submissions must be knowledgeable not only of the key cultural and historical information central to Gladue, but also of the legal standards and current judicial comment on the form, content and structure of good Gladue reports,” said Dr. Jane Dickson. “IPS Gladue Writer training is dedicated to ensuring writers meet a high professional standard which respects Indigenous communities and advances the remedial goals of Gladue while meeting the needs of the courts.”

Indigenous Perspectives Society’s online learning experience will provide participants with the necessary skills, background and legal knowledge to enable writers to function with confidence working with the Gladue Report process and as a Gladue Report Writer in the Canadian criminal justice system.

Training begins October 2, 2017. For more information visit http://ipsociety.ca/gladue/.

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 Contact:

Rachelle Dallaire, Associate Director, 250 391-0007

What Is Your Response To Truth and Reconciliation?

Media Release – January 24, 2017

To support Indigenous Perspectives Society’s (IPS) mission to provide culturally relevant training, research and policy that advances and strengthens lives of Indigenous peoples, IPS is seeking to meet with organizations that are in the process of developing and evaluating their responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action to assess knowledge needs.

“We want to hear from organizations in the early stages of planning their responses to the TRC Calls to Action to learn about how they are developing their responses, what their educational needs are, if their planning includes hiring Indigenous employees, and what they envision their indicators of success will be. Out of our assessment process, participating organizations will receive a suggested action plan,” said Linda Lucas, Executive Director for Indigenous Perspectives Society. “Our Society cares deeply about the importance of Reconciliation for the well-being of Indigenous children and families, and we want to support and encourage organizations engaging in this process.”

Opportunity for participation is limited, with assessments scheduled to occur from February 6-10, March 6-10, and March 13-17. Interested organizations can contact Alesha Doran at aleshad@ipsociety.ca and 250 391 0007 ext. 260.

Participants in IPS’ Knowledge Needs Assessment will receive an email link to a confidential online survey, followed up with an in-person or telephone interview to assess organizational capacity in relationship to TRC Calls to Action response planning. Participation includes a 2-3 hour time commitment for the questionnaire and interview process. Participants will receive a summary of the Knowledge Needs Assessment with customized recommendations for their organization.

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:

Linda Lucas, Executive Director, 250 391 0007

Alesha Doran, Business Development Coordinator, 250 391 0007 ext.260 and 250 857 4962

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

Creating Opportunities For Reconciliation

 

A new group of participants take the journey through Indigenous Perspectives Society’s Cultural Perspectives Training today to learn about the legacy of colonization, residential schools, and effects of inter-generational trauma, privilege, and racism.

Out of the learning and discussion in the IPS training seminars developed out of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations, training participants will be creating Calls to Action response plans to turn their ideas into meaningful actions in their organizations.

“It is powerful to see a dialogue about the legacy of colonization and residential schools in the media as the stories of Chanie Wenjack (Secret Path) and Phyllis (Jack) Webstad (Orange Shirt Day) have brought into awareness the need for education and healing in our country,” said Linda Lucas, Indigenous Perspective Society’s Executive Director. “I think we are at a place now where everyone understands the value in strengthening our collaborative relationships. We have many challenges to overcome because it takes time to heal generations of people, which is why we must do it together with a shared common intention.”

To support working professionals, Indigenous Perspectives Society’s Cultural Perspectives Training (CPT) offers a blended learning model that balances in-class sharing, learning, and collaboration with self-guided online resources, research and off-site action-taking. CPT consists of 7 hours of in-person training and 8 hours of online training. CPT is offered either at our in-house training centre, or IPS can come into your organization for a private training for your staff.

A non-profit society with a mission to strengthen the lives of indigenous people, the Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) has built its expertise in education and social work with two decades of service supporting the health of indigenous children and families. IPS currently has a 3 year CARF accreditation for delivery of the Aboriginal Social Work Training Program. IPS provides training, research, and policy support to Delegated Aboriginal Agencies and both the Provincial and Federal Governments.

In 2015, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission released 94 Calls to Action whereby Government, organizations, and individuals can act to “redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation” (Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 2015).

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

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Media Contacts:
Linda Lucas, Executive Director, 250 391 0007
Alesha Doran, Business Development Coordinator, 250 857 4962