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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

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

IPS Media Release

CFNCS Changes its Name, CARF Three-Year Accreditation, Creating Excellence

The Indigenous Perspectives Society, formerly known as the Caring for First Nations Children Society, has recently undergone a few milestone achievements for its 20th year as a non-profit Society. Among rebranding the organization we have received recognition for achieving the maximum level of accreditation possible with CARF. For more information check out our latest Media Release to get the details.

Media Release March 2014