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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

IPS Awarded Another CARF Three-Year Accreditation

The Indigenous Perspectives Society staff have continued to strive towards excellence in all that they do. Check out this video of the staff while they were hard at work preparing for the CARF re-accreditation survey.

Check out our CARF video HERE!

Media Release

Indigenous Perspectives Society awarded three-year CARF accreditation

October 6, 2016

Victoria, British Columbia – CARF International announced that the Indigenous Perspectives Society has been accredited for a period of three years for its training programs: the Aboriginal Social Worker Training and the Reconciliation from an Indigenous Perspective Training. This latest accreditation is the second consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to Indigenous Perspectives Society.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at www.carf.org

The CARF Survey Report summary states that “IPS is a highly respected organization” with the “skills and knowledge to further the training and understanding for persons working in communities throughout Canada. There is ongoing research and innovative thinking to work toward social change. This is evident throughout the several training courses offered by IPS.”

Linda Lucas, Executive Director said how honoured the Society is to receive a second three-year accreditation award from CARF. “The Society staff are doing a stellar job and I commend them for the work they are accomplishing in striving towards excellence in service delivery and operations.”

Creating Excellence Through Training and Leadership

About Indigenous Perspectives Society:

Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) is a not-for-profit organization that strengthens the voice of Indigenous communities through education and professional development. We have been providing Aboriginal Training, Policy and Research Services in British Columbia since 1994. Our training programs help foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives and cultural differences, and we help build successful partnerships and relationships with Indigenous communities, stakeholders and government partners. We also build capacity and support self-determination for Indigenous communities by providing leadership in research, policy development and contributing to social change.

For additional information, contact Linda Lucas, Executive Director at 250 391 0007 extension 222.

 

IPS Offers Training to Help Organizations Respond to the TRC Calls to Action

Teaching cultural competency to corporate teams and organizations is how Indigenous Perspectives Society is changing the world one workshop at a time

Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) is now offering training to help organizations, businesses, and individuals develop actionable ideas to respond to the Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

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).

IPS has been providing training, research and policy support to Delegated Aboriginal Agencies and the Provincial and Federal Governments for over two decades. IPS currently has a 3 year accreditation for quality delivery for our social work program. Building upon an established foundation that applies an Indigenous lens, IPS is delivering a cultural competency training styled for the public called Cultural Perspectives Training (CPT).

CPT curriculum addresses:

  • the legacy of colonization, including inter-generational trauma, privilege and racism, and how individuals or organizations can build positive 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:

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

To accommodate the unique learning needs of adults and professionals, IPS has developed a blended learning model for its Cultural Perspectives Training that balances in-class sharing, learning, and collaboration with self-guided online resources, research and off-site action-taking. It consists of 7 hours of in-person training and 8 hours of online training.

CPT is offered every month to the public at our in-house training centre, or IPS can come into your organization for a private training for your staff.

“I’ve uploaded to my LinkedIn profile my certificate from the day of training with you. I have told many associates about the course and encouraged them to register. It was a deeply impactful day and I so appreciated receiving my letter to myself last week. I’ve put it up on the fridge for my family and to hold myself accountable to the decisions I made that day”. Michele Hansen, Business & Market Development Manager Applied Office Solutions Ltd. 

To register for CPT or learn more about our trainings, visit ipsociety.ca