Indigenous Perspectives Society Creating Excellence Through Training & Leadership Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:55:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Upcoming IPS Training Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:55:31 +0000 Upcoming IPS Training Courses – Downloadable Poster

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C-92 Training at IPS Tue, 02 Feb 2021 18:37:46 +0000 C-92 Training: Federal Act for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families

Join IPS this February 24th– 26th for our online C-92 training, facilitated by Indigenous child welfare practice expert, policy analyst and practitioner, Stephanie Konefall. This online training introduces the new federal legislation, An Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, which came into effect on January 1, 2020.

The focus of this training course will be on familiarizing participants with the new federal legislation. The training will also help participants to think through jurisdictional implications, necessary changes to their practices and ways to successfully interpret and implement the new legislation. This training is highly recommended for anyone wanting to understand the new Act, how it affects child and family services provision, Nationally and Provincially, and how it can be applied to improve, and increase supports to Indigenous children, families and communities.

Background: The intention of the Act is to set minimum national standards for First Nations, Inuit and Métis child and family services provision.  It is significant that this is the first time the federal government has exercised its jurisdiction to legislate in the area of Indigenous child welfare. For this reason, all agencies across Canada are required to familiarize themselves with the Act and make the appropriate changes to their policies, practices and standards to be in alignment with the Act.

The Act also recognizes the inherent jurisdiction of Indigenous governing bodies to be self-determining in the area of child and family services.  As such, agencies may need to adapt existing or create new governance models in the future, as Indigenous groups, communities and people start to act on their inherent authority.

IPS is extremely grateful to have Stephanie Konefall work with us to facilitate and deliver some of our unique training programs, including our upcoming C-92 training. Stephanie is currently the Child Welfare Practice Manager with Lalum’utul Smun’eem Child and Family Services. She is a key consultant on the design of child welfare law for the Cowichan Tribes and subsequent service delivery through programming, practice, policy and tri-lateral agreements with provincial and federal stakeholders and governing bodies for child welfare jurisdiction.
Currently responsible for recommendations, design, analysis and evaluations, including pattern and predictive metrics assessments for child welfare. Stephanie, is also in charge of managing clinical practice teams of social workers and managers. She teaches and facilitates at conferences focusing on Indigenous Child Welfare practice and has been active in the development and implementation of the Federal Child Welfare Act since 2018. Focused on team development and sustainable team building in child welfare, she has over 15 years of community-based organization experience, rooted in justice and equity studies.

Stephanie has over 10 years of collaborative work experience with Family Law, Child Welfare and Justice systems, including co-authoring research papers with Indigenous communities and the Ministry for Children and Family Development, authoring curriculum and instructing the child protection components of the Aboriginal Social Work Program for practitioners and supervisors. Stephanie has contributed to shifts in provincial practice through her work with Delegated Aboriginal Agencies. She has held positions on the McCreary Centre Society for Children’s Research and is the previous Vice President of the Board of the Metis Commission for Children and Families British Columbia. We invite you to join Stephanie for our next C-92 Training

If you would like more information about this training or if you are interested in bringing this training to your community, please visit:

Or contact Karman Lippitt:

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Upcoming IPS Training Thu, 28 Jan 2021 20:31:39 +0000 Upcoming IPS Training Courses – Downloadable Poster

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IPS: Green Business and Surfrider approved for 2020-2021 Tue, 15 Dec 2020 22:34:42 +0000 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



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Orange Shirt Day is September 30th Tue, 29 Sep 2020 23:25:20 +0000 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

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