Creating Excellence through Training and Leadership to Strengthen Lives and Build Successful Relationships for more than 24 Years
Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS), formerly known as the Caring for First Nations Children Society, 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.
Our mission is to provide culturally relevant training, research and policy that advances and strengthens the lives of Indigenous peoples. We are celebrating our 25 year anniversary of incorporation, and our renewed CARF International accreditation status with an expanded mandate. We are a proud member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, the WestShore Chamber of Commerce, and the Child Welfare League of Canada.
We have been providing training, research and policy support to Delegated Aboriginal Agencies and the Provincial and Federal Governments for more than 25 years primarily in the area of Indigenous child welfare. To bring our knowledge and perspectives to a wider audience, our re-branding efforts have included diversifying our training programs, as well as the networks and organizations that we serve.
To inform our training, the Society continually monitors current research and best practice approaches through several information networks including the Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal, and by participating in advisory committees, such as the Siem Smun’eem Indigenous Child Well-Being Research Network. We maintain partnerships with the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the BC Delegated Aboriginal Agencies. We are also the British Columbia representative and contributor to the First Nations component of the Canadian Incidence Study on Reported Child Abuse and Neglect.
All of our training offerings help foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives and cultural differences. It is important to note that the Society does not teach to a specific Indigenous culture; we create training that seamlessly weave the threads of cultural congruency, recognizing diversity by encouraging the participants to respect all cultures as separate and distinct.