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IPS Online Training June 2020

IPS is pleased to be offering online training in June 2020. Family Support Worker Training will be offered June 16th-18th. Designated Representative Training will be offered June 24th-25th. And there will be a three hour Recruitment and Retention of Indigenous People webinar offered June 30th. Please click below to learn more.

  • Family Support Worker Training – June 16th-18th 

Family Support Worker (FSW) Training provides Indigenous Child and Family Service Agencies the knowledge and skills needed for FSW to establish respectful, collaborative relationships with community members. This 3 day online training experience explores both personal and professional values along with understanding the elements of a collaborative practice. For more information or to register click here.

  • Designated Representative Training – June 24th-25th

Designated Representative Training offers an opportunity to learn about and explore the important role of the Designated Representative. Participants will be encouraged to consider how their function may be utilized to promote the safety and well-being of children and to ensure that the rights of children to culture and community are respected and upheld by the court. For more information or to register click here.

  • Recruitment and Retention of Indigenous Staff – June 30th

Attend this 3 hour Recruitment and Retention Webinar to learn:

  • Best practices to support Indigenous staff
  • Improve Indigenous employment practices and outcomes
  • Develop an understanding of job postings that attract Indigenous
    people and ‘screening in’ as opposed to ‘screening out’
  • Understand the interview process and learn successful approaches
  • Explore how to build capacity of Indigenous peoples at work
  • How to Incorporate cultural reflections in the workplace

For more information or to register please click here.

COVID-19 Information

As the COVID-19 situation continues, Indigenous Perspectives Society is taking measures to ensure the health and safety of our participants, staff and community. As of March 18, 2020, our offices have been closed to the public. Please contact us via email as our phones are not attended at this time.  

Some upcoming IPS training events are being postponed and rescheduled. If you are currently registered for training you will be contacted. IPS appreciates your patience, cooperation and continued support at this time. IPS staff will continue to work from home in order to maintain physical distancing protocols and encourage everyone to keep safe by doing the following: 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Do not touch your face. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. 
  • Avoid being in physical contact with others who are unwell, and, if you are unwell stay home. 
  • Practice social distancing – keep at least one or two meters between you and other people. 
  • If you have having symptoms – fever, cough, or difficulty breathing – call 811 and selfisolate. 
  • If you have recently travelled outside of Canada, self-isolate at home for at least 14 days. 

A link to COVID-19 Public Service Announcements in Indigenous languages: 

Canadian Government Health link: 

BC Centre for Disease Control link 

Thank you for helping us keep each other healthy. Please keep children safe, reassure them and help them to understand what is happening and what they can do to protect themselves and others around them.  

IPS wins Best First Nations Business/ Entrepreneur at BOWSA

Indigenous Perspectives Society wins Best First Nations Business/ Entrepreneur at the WestShore Chamber of Commerce Best of the WestShore Awards!

A gratitude filled thank you to everyone who votes for us and supports our work.

Rachelle Dallaire, Indigenous Perspectives Society Executive Director

How to Hire for Cultural Competence


As human resource professionals, Executive Directors are seasoned in how we screen for education, competencies, skills, knowledge, abilities and any of the previous which may be transferable. We are taught to ask specific questions that elicit the necessary details to assess whether an individual can meet the proficiencies required of most positions. What we need more than anything in today’s world is the ability to assess the cultural competencies of individuals we hire.

While there is no sure way to ensure the individuals we interview truly have exactly what it takes to be the model employee, there are certainly ways in which we can do our due diligence to explore this. Specifically, I would like to focus on assessing for cultural competencies. Often in interviews, the host or interviewer will pose a number of questions pertaining and related to cultural intelligence and conduct. These questions are important, and I advocate heavily that employers include them in their process. What I caution employers and HR teams is to ensure they do not stop there. When I interview potential employees, I ask for real life examples. I ask my candidates to demonstrate how they immerse themselves in intercultural relations both professionally and in their personal lives. Intercultural relations are not something that you do at work, leave on the desk for the night and pick back up in the morning or on Monday morning.

It is an entrenched practice, a set of values, deep beliefs, and piece of your core. It is something that you adamantly stand for. In fact, a workplace that does not promote strong intercultural competencies is not something you stand for, nor would you work for. Ask potential employees why cultural competency is a part of their practice, how they do this, what their values are around cultural competency, and what they believe happens in the absence of those competencies. Encourage potential employees to talk about times that the absence of cultural competency in the workplace hurt the employees and the organizations. Follow that up with a request for examples they have of how cultural competency grew a team, how it enhanced the workplace, how it presented vast opportunities for enriched dialogue and experiences, and how productivity and team ship thrived. Examples are key to ensuring that a candidate has not simply committed a textbook or article to memory.

As a more comprehensive process, I have often advocated that having a dialogue around cultural intelligence is critical. This dialogue in an interview might include a preamble about what cultural intelligence involves (knowledge, skills, and metacognitions) and then an exercise whereby the candidate is able to contextualize themselves within it. They might explain how they were raised, messages they received as children about cultural diversity, experiences they had in grade school, an important person’s influence into their intercultural development, or an audio visual message that stayed with them. They may go on to talk about their learning and experiences as an adult and how they come to find themselves interviewing with you. It is critical that they include the mistakes, errors, missteps, regrets, and missed opportunities their journey took them through. That is the skills component! Skills are acquired through experience and immersion, so this portion of the interview is critical. Confident allies who have truly acquired cultural competence are confident candidates who can talk about their learnings and from there hopefully feature their successes. From that point is still the added opportunity for your candidate to highlight how they continue to challenge themselves about their own current thinking, which is the metacognition component.

I encourage interviewers and human resource personnel to not rush this important part of an interview. Place equal value, if not more importance, on it. Be patient, listen carefully. Honour the difficult journeys that were far from perfect, perhaps more gifts came from them. Do not judge the journeys that are shared with you, they took courage. And most of all honour the hard work from our allies, we need them in our work places.

Indigenous Perspectives society will be launching updated Executive Director Training in 2020 and more information can be found at

Rachelle Dallaire, Executive Director, Indigenous Perspectives Society

Indigenous Perspectives Society Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary

With this year’s Annual General Meeting of our Board of Directors, Indigenous Perspectives Society is celebrating 25 years of excellence in supporting service delivery to children and families!

For more information about us visit Our History