Indigenous Perspective Society (IPS) offers specialized training and services supporting indigenous children, families, and businesses while also providing consultation services under an Indigenous lens. Our expertise and knowledge in Aboriginal Social Work and Indigenous child welfare policy have allowed us to work and give training deliverable on behalf of the Government of BC. We take pride in our projects and partnership with our community and can customize training for specific client’s needs.

To learn more about what we do and have done, please read our full story.

Our Values

Our way of being as an organization is defined and enriched by the diverse cultures of Aboriginal peoples. In all that we do, we will:
  1. Honour the right to self-determination of all Aboriginal people.
  2. Demonstrate courage through innovative and sustainable growth that is culturally grounded.
  3. Honour the wisdom and contribution of each person and organization with whom we interact.
  4. Continually challenge ourselves to the highest level of learning and performance.
  5. Demonstrate accountability, transparency and respect.

Sustainability

We have a zero-waste policy at IPS, which means we compost and recycle everything. We believe passionately about being mindful of our impact on our environment. We like to conserve power, and we do our best to reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink! IPS has received both the Gold Certificate, Vancouver Island Green Business Award and the Climate Smart Business Award.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide culturally relevant training, research, and policy that advances and strengthens the lives of Indigenous peoples.

Logo Meaning

To Northwest Coast Aboriginal peoples, the dragonfly is a symbol of change, transformation and swiftness. The dragonfly is a creature of the wind and also of the water representing multiple dimensions. The dragonfly represents a symbol of change in the view of self, change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the insight of the deeper meaning of life. The dragonfly’s swift flight and its ability to move in all directions radiate a sense of power and poise, which comes with age and experience.

Our logo also represents a person in a canoe looking at their reflection in the water. In order for people to see another perspective it is important to reflect and see things through a different worldview. The logo has two visuals which implies differing perspectives; some people see the canoe while others see the dragonfly.