Indigenous Perspectives Society

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Employment Opportunities At IPS : Aboriginal Social Work Instructor, Team Lead-Instructor, & Program Coordinator

Updated February 28, 2018 to include Program Coordinator position


Team lead – Instructor, and Aboriginal Social Work Training Program Instructor

Are you a natural teacher, coach, and mentor? Do you thrive in a dynamic environment, have a passion for adult education, and are enthusiastic about working in partnership with Indigenous families, elders, and communities, then we want to talk with you!
We are looking for an energetic and confident  Team Lead – Instructor and Social Work Training Program Instructor to join our dedicated team and deliver child welfare training to front-line social workers working in child and family service agencies in communities throughout British Columbia (BC).

In this role, you display your love of bringing ideas and theories to life while fostering meaningful dialogue that boosts self-determination and social change for Indigenous communities. As an instructor, you will be sharing your natural aptitude for developing, reviewing, and delivering curriculum. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to travel frequently within BC.

Who are we? Indigenous Perspectives Society is a provincial not for profit organization that strengthens the voice of Indigenous communities through culturally relevant education, professional development, research, and policy. Unique to our organization is our commitment to culturally relevant services. For 23 years, our programs have been fostering a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives and cultural differences and helping build successful relationships with Indigenous communities, stakeholders and government partners.

Join our dynamic environment where your passion for knowledge-sharing helps create excellence through training and leadership.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A Bachelor of Social Work or a related degree.
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience in an Aboriginal Child and Family Services.
  • Thorough knowledge of Aboriginal social work specifically in Child Welfare, and knowledge of legislation, regulations and practice standards pertaining to Indigenous Child & Family Services.
  • Demonstrated experience in adult education instruction and delivery.
  • Sound knowledge of Indigenous communities, cultures, traditions, and practices in BC.
  • Proficiency with computer software including MS Office, databases, and PowerPoint.
    Preference will be given to applicants of Aboriginal ancestry.

If you are qualified and interested in this challenging position, please send your resume with an accompanying cover letter describing how your strengths and experience make you the ideal fit to AND with “Instructor: ASW” as the subject line. Open until filled

The Indigenous Perspectives Society thanks all applicants for their interest and advises that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

IPS Program Coordinator

Are you a confident and natural administrator with exceptional organizational skills? If you thrive in a dynamic environment, have a passion for detail, and are enthusiastic about working in partnership with Indigenous families, elders, and communities, then we want to talk with you!

Closing date March 5, 2018

Working at IPS

Driving Directions to Indigenous Perspectives Society

Located in Lekwungen territory, the Indigenous Perspectives Society office and training centre is in Langford, British Columbia, a charming West Shore community in Greater Victoria. A growing region, the West Shore offers all the amenities of city life. With affordable housing, good schools, and accessible transportation available, Langford is a great place to live and work.

IPS trains an average of 450 participants each year who are completing certification and continuing education programs. Our training offerings include Aboriginal Social Work, Adoption Online, Gladue Report Training, Cultural Perspectives Training and a range of cultural competency, delegated agency and governance training.

IPS has earned an outstanding reputation for creating excellence through training and leadership to help organizations and individuals build successful relationships. We are proud of our instructors, staff and participants who are dedicated to strengthening the lives and contributing to the self-determination of Indigenous peoples through culturally relevant training.

Our small class sizes and personalized training offer participants the ability deepen their knowledge in a culturally supportive and healing environment. Our online training supports the schedules of adult learners and professionals.

The impact of Indigenous Perspectives Society extends well beyond the graduates of our Aboriginal Social Work training working in delegated agencies. We provide research and reporting on Indigenous, Aboriginal and related topics for communities, governments and organizations.  We offer contract training opportunities for organizations seeking to increase their understanding of cultural perspectives.

IN Perspective – Winter 2017/2018

The Winter 2017/2018 IN Perspective is out and available to read here. This season’s newsletter features the following:

    • Executive Update
    • Message from the Representative for Children and Youth
    • Gladue Report Training
    • Cultural Perspectives Training
    • Staff Profile
    • Winter Training Calendar

Winter 2017/2018 IN Perspective

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IPS Partners with Royal Roads University for Gladue Report Training

Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) is proud to announce that we are partnering with Royal Roads University (RRU) for our Gladue Report Training.

After a comprehensive review, IPS Gladue Report Training meets both our own, and Royal Roads University’s, standards of excellence. Participants completing Gladue Report Training will receive a certificate bearing both Indigenous Perspectives Society and Royal Roads University logos.

This is an exciting new partnership and we look forward to our ongoing collaboration with Royal Roads University!

The first session of Gladue Report Training begins January 8, 2017. Register at Gladue Report Training


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