Indigenous Perspectives Society: Centre of Excellence in Community Education (IPS) is a charitable and not-for-profit social enterprise that offers specialized training and consulting services to help foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives, cultural differences, and the need for self-determination. Supporting Indigenous children, families, and communities is at the heart of IPS and has been since it began over 30 years ago as the Caring for First Nations Children Society.

Our hosted programs and initiatives continue to reflect this today. Indigenous Caregivers B.C. provides supports for Indigenous children in care and their caregivers. This program offers training, information referral, and counseling support for members of foster caregiving communities throughout B.C.

For more than 25 years IPS has established and built on knowledge, skills and experience delivering professional excellence in areas of:

Indigenous Cultural Perspectives

Indigenous Child and Family Welfare

Indigenous Child Permanency

We deliver a range of other projects in partnership with community partners and donors. One such project is ‘The Backpack Project’, first launched in November 2013. Through the leadership support of a private donor, Children’s Aid Foundation’s Ted and Loretta Rogers Foster Care Transition Program, this project aims to improve the experience of children coming into care by providing items and resources that aid in their comfort, well-being, safety, and sense of security.

IPS has demonstrated knowledge and expertise in B.C.’s Indigenous child and family welfare legislation, practice, and policy for more than 25 years. IPS is proud to be delivering training, research and policy support, in the area of Indigenous child and family welfare to Delegated Aboriginal AgenciesProvincial and Federal Governments.

IPS delivers Aboriginal Social Work (ASW) training on behalf of the B.C. Government Ministry of Child & Family Development for Delegated Aboriginal Agencies throughout B.C. For more information about the ASW program, please visit the ASW page. To inform our training, the Society continually monitors current research, best practice approaches, new developments, and innovations and regularly updates all training curriculums related to Indigenous child and family welfare.

In recent years, IPS has diversified and developed a range of training programs to bring our knowledge and perspectives to a wider audience, expand our networks, and have a greater impact by working with more organizations across different sectors. IPS is practiced at customizing training for specific client needs. IPS also offers consulting services to private and public entities.

All of our training and consulting services help foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives and cultural differences. The Society does not teach to a specific Indigenous culture; we create training courses that seamlessly weave the threads of cultural congruency. By recognizing diversity, IPS encourages training participants to respect all cultures as separate and distinct.

In addition to the ASW training program, IPS also offers private and public delivery of training for all audiences in:

We invite and encourage you to explore what IPS has to offer and to hear what others have to say about us and our work. Please follow one of the links above to learn more about our trainings. If you know which training you wish to attend then feel free to visit our registration page or view our training calendar page to learn more. Please feel free to contact us directly should you have any questions or want to discuss working together.