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Designated Band Representative Training Hosted at IPS October 10 & 11, 2018

Indigenous Perspectives Society is hosting a ‘pay per seat’ session of Designated Band Representative Training (DBR) at IPS on October 10 & 11, 2018 to provide a training option for communities in British Columbia with a few staff, or who are not able to bring Designated Banc Representative training to their region.

COST: $500/seat with lunch and training materials included. (travel costs are not included)

For more information and to register for Designated Band Representative training visit:

West Shore Indigenous People’s Day – Save The Date!

Indigenous Perspectives Society and community partners are hosting our fourth annual West Shore Indigenous People’s Day Festival on June 21, 2018 from 11 am to 3 pm.

Save the date as it is sure to be a wonderful event!

Festivities include traditional singing, drumming and dancing, free children’s activities, a free lunch and information booths showcasing the organizations partnering to host this great community cultural event.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Sew a Reusable Shopping Bag at Make-A-Thon IPS Fundraiser

The Makehouse is hosting a free Make-A-Thon on April 28 from 10 am to 4 pm where participants can learn to make beautiful and practical reusable shopping bags.

If you don’t know how to sew, bring a sewing savvy friend with you, or let Jenny at the Makehouse know and she may be able to find you a swing mentor.

There will be door prizes including a chance to win a seat in our next Cultural Perspectives Training Session and an IPS blanket!

Proceeds of any donations received from the event will support Indigenous Perspectives Society. Register now at to reserve you spot in the fun and useful workshop.

Thank you, Makehouse, for supporting us!

IN Perspective – Spring 2018

The Spring 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

Spring 2018 IN Perspective

Sign up to receive our quarterly edition of IN Perspective using the sign up feature at the bottom right corner of this page.

If you have any questions about IN Perspective or would like to have your news or event posted in our next newsletter send us an email using the contact page on our website.

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.