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IPS: Green Business and Surfrider approved for 2020-2021

At IPS green thinking is a part of our everyday work culture. We believe passionately about being mindful of our impact on our environment. Every day we strive to conserve power, do our best to reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink! Walking a sustainable path is important to us and we are humbled and excited to be recognized for yet another year!

Thank you, Vancouver Island Green Business Collective and Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island for helping us stay accountable to our planet, our First Nations communities and our lands and waters. Below are some of our Green Highlights:

  • No single use products purchased for staff kitchen supplies (e.g. coffee cartridges, sugar packages, stir sticks)
  • Purchasing policy that all new office equipment and appliances are to be ENERGY STAR® Certified
  • Environmental sustainability is incorporated into the hiring process, employee orientations, and training programs
  • Reusable dishware is provided in place of disposable cups, plates, cutlery, etc.
  • All food waste and soiled paper are composted



Orange Shirt Day is September 30th

Victoria Orange Shirt Day: Xe Xe Smun’ Eem (Sacred Children)

Residential school survivor Eddy Charlie and friend Kristin Spray have been co-organizers of Victoria Orange Shirt Day: Xe Xe Smun’ Eem (Sacred Children) since September 2015. Xe Xe Smun’ Eem (sacred children) comes from the Hul Qumi unum language, of the Quw utsun (Cowichan) peoples. Eddy felt that this name best reflected the intention and spirit of the work he and Kristin do to educate people and raise awareness of the Residential School system in Canada. To learn more bout the work of Xe Xe Smun’ Eem and to buy shirts please visit:

IPS has been truly honoured to host Eddy and Kristin and have their regular participation in IPS training activities, over the past four years. Orange Shirt Day (OSD) is growing in recognition as an event that encourages Canadians to educate themselves about and to acknowledge the harm caused by the Residential School system. OSD is also an affirmation of our shared commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters.

Orange Shirt Day, celebrated annually on September 30th, was started by Phyllis Webstad who said, “Orange Shirt Day is to honour Residential School Survivors and their families and to remember those who never made it.” To learn more about the history of this initiative and more about Phyllis Webstad’s story please visit:

Eddy Charlie, Phyllis Webstad and Kristin Spray

Recruiting for Indigenous Perspectives Society Board of Directors

IPS invites you to join our provincial Board of Directors:

Preference will be given to individuals identifying as Indigenous, MĂ©tis or Inuit

The following areas of knowledge, expertise and skills will be considered an asset:

  • Charitable giving
  • Contract negotiations
  • Incorporation
  • Legal
  • Building/Renovation

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.

Our mission is to provide culturally relevant training, research, and policy that advances and strengthens the lives of Indigenous peoples.

This role is a volunteer position. IPS conducts 4 meetings per year and your travel will be covered.

If you are interested in joining our Board of Directors, we encourage you to submit a Letter of Interest and a copy of your resume to:


IPS Corporate Supply Arrangement with B.C. Provincial Government

Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) offers Cultural Perspectives Training (CPT) to help governments, organizations, businesses and individuals deepen their understanding and develop actionable ideas to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. IPS has a Corporate Supply Arrangement for Learning and Development Services with the Province of B.C. for our CPT offerings, including a one day training and a series of 3 hour Cultural Perspectives workshops:

IPS is pleased to continue bringing this valuable learning to our public sector partners.