Indigenous Perspectives Society

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Indigenous Perspectives Society is a provincial organization that provides professional development to Indigenous child and family services in BC. Unique to our organization, is our commitment to culturally relevant services. The Society works in cooperation with First Nations and Indigenous child and family service programs to protect and enhance the well-being of First Nations and Aboriginal people by reaffirming traditions, and through effective child and family service delivery that empower the voices of Indigenous peoples.

We always have an eye out for interested and talented individuals with backgrounds in Aboriginal child and family service delivery, instruction, and/or child welfare policy. If this sounds like you, please do not hesitate forwarding us your resume and letter of introduction outlining your interest to: RachelleD@ipsociety.ca or ConnieM@ipsociety.ca 

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INDIGENOUS CHILD PROTECTION TRAINING MANAGER

About us:

Indigenous Perspectives Society is a provincial organization that provides professional development to Indigenous child and family services in BC. Unique to our organization, is our commitment to culturally relevant services. The Society works in cooperation with First Nations and Indigenous child and family service programs to protect and enhance the well-being of First Nations and Aboriginal people by reaffirming traditions, and through effective child and family service delivery that empower the voices of Indigenous peoples.

Position Summary:

Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) is seeking an Indigenous Child Protection Training Manager who is ultimately responsible for ensuring exceptional delivery of training with content that is both relevant and timely which includes training scheduling and evaluations.  The position will include overseeing the development of curriculum and facilitation techniques to ensure course material is aligned with child welfare legislation and other internal policies.  The Indigenous Child Protection Training Manager will lead a high performing team (10) of Project Leads, Instructional Staff, relevant Administrative employees and Contractors.

The Indigenous Child Protection Training Manager reports to the Associate Director (AD) and will develop strong relationships with IPS staff, various stakeholders such as the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) and Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), and contractors.  The position will be based out of the Society’s office and will be expected to do some travel (mostly in BC) to other off-site locations and represent IPS at various conferences, committees and forums.

Ideal Experience:

  • A Master’s of Social Work or related degree such as Psychology, Education or Child Services
  • 5-7 years’ experience in Child Welfare related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Progressive experience in Indigenous Child & Family Services, child protection and Indigenous social work
  • Demonstrated experience in the design and development of competency-based curriculum, public education and relations materials, specifically utilizing a blended learning approach
  • Experience in adult education instruction
  • Sound knowledge of Indigenous communities, cultures, traditions and practices in BC
  • Proficiency with computer software including MS Office, Moodle and PowerPoint
  • Preference will be given to individuals identifying as Indigenous, Metis or Inuit

Interested? Apply directly to Rachelle Dallaire with your resume and cover letter, telling us about your stellar skills and why you’d be the perfect fit for the IPS team! No personal drop-ins or phone calls please.

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

Job Description PDF – Indigenous Child Protection Training Manager – Job Posting

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

Instructor / Contract Instructor Aboriginal Social Worker Training

Are you eager to work in a dynamic environment where your passion for knowledge-sharing creates excellence through training and leadership? Are you willing to help nurture a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives and cultural differences? We are a not for profit organization dedicated to strengthening the lives and voices of Indigenous people, and we are looking for an energetic and confident Instructor to join our dedicated team. We are looking for an Instructor to deliver child welfare training to front-line social workers working in a Delegated Aboriginal Agency.

In this role you can 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.

Are you a confident and natural teacher, coach, and mentor? If 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!

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 20 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.

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 rachelled@ipsociety.ca 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.

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 Indigenous cultural perspectives.

INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE KEEPER

This is a shared position whereby the successful candidate will work a rotating schedule (3 days and 2 days) between, two partner agencies, Indigenous Perspectives Society & Surrounded by Cedar Child & Family Services.

Located on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen people, Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) is a charitable and not-for-profit social enterprise that offers training, consulting, and projects to help foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives, cultural differences, and the need for self-determination. By creating excellence through training and leadership, we help strengthen lives and build successful relationships in the communities we serve.

Located on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen people, Surrounded by Cedar Child & Family Services (SCCFS) strives to provide child and family services strongly rooted in Indigenous cultural values and worldviews while ensuring urban Indigenous children and youth grow up connected to family, community and culture. As an urban Delegated Aboriginal Agency and through its delegation agreement, SCCFS administers C4 services under the Child, Family and Community Services Act (CFCSA). All delegated work is guided by the Aboriginal Operational and Practice Standards and Indicators (AOPSI). At present, Surrounded by Cedar does not deliver child protection (C6) services.

Position Overview:

Reporting to the Executive Directors, the Indigenous Knowledge Keeper will have a range of responsibilities within both organizations and will be dedicated to advising and guiding the leadership of the workplaces toward a more focused and knowledgeable approach to working with the local Indigenous community.

In working with IPS, the Indigenous Knowledge Keeper will be an integral part of a team working to create a training model rooted in cultural understanding for staff and volunteers.

In working with SCCFS, the Indigenous Knowledge Keeper will provide a range of cultural support to all program areas, while offering support, guidance, advice and encouragement to all agency staff, children and youth in care, caregivers and birth family members.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Act as cultural advisor, providing strategic advice to all levels of leadership, in order to nurture a better understanding of the specific needs of Indigenous communities.
  • Provide cultural support, either one to one, or in a group, to employees who have experienced mental, spiritual, emotional or physical crises and/or traumatic events or to staff who are the subject of cumulative stress or vicarious trauma.
  • Help to break down stigma and systemic barriers and provide support and guidance on culturally appropriate services and programs.
  • Participate in the delivery of training and/or culturally appropriate workshops as needed.
  • Strengthen the capacity and work of immersion with Indigenous practices and ways of being.
  • Collaborate with employees in the preparation of agency ceremonies and/or events and ensure that appropriate cultural contacts are in place to honour the traditional territories upon which these ceremonies and/or events will take place.
  • Provide a positive, culturally relevant experience for staff
  • Participate in communication and conflict resolution process
  • Participate in staff wellness
  • Inform policies and policy development
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all employees, contractors, children and youth in care, birth family members, caregivers, and other community partners.
  • Maintain the Healing Rooms of both agencies using traditional forms of healing and wellness.

Desired Qualities, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the child welfare systems in British Columbia, including Indigenous child welfare and child protection
  • Recognized and respected by his/her own community as someone who has lived experienced and a learned understanding of Indigenous culture and their traditional teachings and they carry themselves within community according to those teachings.
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with Indigenous languages of the local territory.
  • Extensive knowledge of the history and culture of the Indigenous peoples of Canada
  • Knowledge of agencies, programs and supports for the Indigenous community.
  • Engage as a healthy member of both agencies with a strong, demonstrated ability to work respectfully with stakeholders, co-workers, students, community Knowledge Keepers, children, youth, birth family members, caregivers and allies.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle and serve as a positive role model and mentor for community members and colleagues.
  • Strong relationship building skills, facilitating traditional forms of dispute resolution as necessary.
  • Maintain a set schedule of hours.
  • Must complete a satisfactory criminal record check that provides clearance for work with vulnerable populations, including children.
  • Must be willing to work from different locations, including the IPS and SCCFS offices.

Compensation/Working Conditions:

  • Salary: $60,000 per annum.
  • The Indigenous Knowledge Keeper will be based in-house, rotating their schedule between both organizations. They will be considered an employee of the societies and therefore subject to the policies and workplace standards in place for all employees.

Job Description – 2019 Knowledge Keeper JD

As per Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, and based on the uniqueness of this role, only applicants who self-identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit will be selected for an interview.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a letter indicating their interest and qualifications for the position by December 27, 2019 to rachelled@ipsociety.ca, or mail to 664 Granderson Road, Victoria BC, V9B 2R8.