Indigenous Perspectives Society: Centre of Excellence in Community Education (IPS) offers specialized training programs and services supporting Indigenous children, youth, families and businesses. IPS also provides consulting services strongly grounded in Indigenous worldviews. Our knowledge and expertise in Aboriginal Social Work and Indigenous Child Welfare Policy has allowed us to provide and deliver training on behalf of the B.C. Government for over 20 years. We take pride in our work and partnerships with our communities. IPS is practiced at customizing training for specific client’s needs and accommodating flexible delivery options.
To learn more about what we do and have done, please read our full story.
Our way of being as an Indigenous organization is defined and enriched by the diverse cultures of all self-identifying Indigenous, Métis and Inuit peoples and our relations. In all that we do we will:
- Honour the right to self-determination of all Indigenous peoples.
- Demonstrate courage through innovative and sustainable growth that is culturally grounded.
- Honour the wisdom and contribution of each person and organization with whom we interact.
- Continually challenge ourselves to the highest level of learning and performance.
- Demonstrate accountability, transparency and respect.
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 is to provide culturally relevant training, research, and policy that advances and strengthens the lives of Indigenous peoples.
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.