Indigenous Perspectives Society

IN Perspective

Understanding and Healing Lateral Violence

This 3 hour seminar provides insight into understanding and healing lateral violence within Indigenous communities. Through the use of circle, group exercises and individual reflection, we explore the definition of lateral violence, contributing factors, and provide helpful frameworks and tools to build positive strategies within your organization and professional circles.

  • Next Training Date at Indigenous Perspectives Society:
  • February 5, 2020 Location: 664 Granderson Road, Victoria (Langford)
  • Length: 3 hours Time: 9 am to 12 pm
  • Cost: $75 per person (for training sessions at IPS with a minimum of 10 participants) *Tuition receipts are available on request.

Register at https://ipsregistration.ca/

IPS Receives Green Business Certification

Victoria – Indigenous Indigenous Perspectives Society has attained Green Business Certification through the Vancouver Green Business Collective.

Walking this path is an important value for IPS and it’s humbling and exciting to be recognized for that. Below are some of our Green Highlights. Thank you, Vancouver Island Green Business Collective and Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island!

Green Highlights:

  • Provide online courses and shuttle bus which has reduced students commuting by car by 50%
  • 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

To learn more about Indigenous Perspectives Society visit https://ipsociety.ca/

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Media Contact:

Rachelle Dallaire, Executive Director, 250 391 0007

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Indigenous Knowledge Keeper

This is a shared position whereby the successful candidate will work a rotating schedule (3 days and 2 days) between, two partner agencies, Indigenous Perspectives Society & Surrounded by Cedar Child & Family Services.

Located on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen people, 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.

Located on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen people, Surrounded by Cedar Child & Family Services (SCCFS) strives to provide child and family services strongly rooted in Indigenous cultural values and worldviews while ensuring urban Indigenous children and youth grow up connected to family, community and culture. As an urban Delegated Aboriginal Agency and through its delegation agreement, SCCFS administers C4 services under the Child, Family and Community Services Act (CFCSA). All delegated work is guided by the Aboriginal Operational and Practice Standards and Indicators (AOPSI). At present, Surrounded by Cedar does not deliver child protection (C6) services.

Position Overview:

Reporting to the Executive Directors, the Indigenous Knowledge Keeper will have a range of responsibilities within both organizations and will be dedicated to advising and guiding the leadership of the workplaces toward a more focused and knowledgeable approach to working with the local Indigenous community.

In working with IPS, the Indigenous Knowledge Keeper will be an integral part of a team working to create a training model rooted in cultural understanding for staff and volunteers.

In working with SCCFS, the Indigenous Knowledge Keeper will provide a range of cultural support to all program areas, while offering support, guidance, advice and encouragement to all agency staff, children and youth in care, caregivers and birth family members.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Act as cultural advisor, providing strategic advice to all levels of leadership, in order to nurture a better understanding of the specific needs of Indigenous communities.
  • Provide cultural support, either one to one, or in a group, to employees who have experienced mental, spiritual, emotional or physical crises and/or traumatic events or to staff who are the subject of cumulative stress or vicarious trauma.
  • Help to break down stigma and systemic barriers and provide support and guidance on culturally appropriate services and programs.
  • Participate in the delivery of training and/or culturally appropriate workshops as needed.
  • Strengthen the capacity and work of immersion with Indigenous practices and ways of being.
  • Collaborate with employees in the preparation of agency ceremonies and/or events and ensure that appropriate cultural contacts are in place to honour the traditional territories upon which these ceremonies and/or events will take place.
  • Provide a positive, culturally relevant experience for staff
  • Participate in communication and conflict resolution process
  • Participate in staff wellness
  • Inform policies and policy development
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all employees, contractors, children and youth in care, birth family members, caregivers, and other community partners.
  • Maintain the Healing Rooms of both agencies using traditional forms of healing and wellness.

Desired Qualities, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the child welfare systems in British Columbia, including Indigenous child welfare and child protection
  • Recognized and respected by his/her own community as someone who has lived experienced and a learned understanding of Indigenous culture and their traditional teachings and they carry themselves within community according to those teachings.
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with Indigenous languages of the local territory.
  • Extensive knowledge of the history and culture of the Indigenous peoples of Canada
  • Knowledge of agencies, programs and supports for the Indigenous community.
  • Engage as a healthy member of both agencies with a strong, demonstrated ability to work respectfully with stakeholders, co-workers, students, community Knowledge Keepers, children, youth, birth family members, caregivers and allies.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle and serve as a positive role model and mentor for community members and colleagues.
  • Strong relationship building skills, facilitating traditional forms of dispute resolution as necessary.
  • Maintain a set schedule of hours.
  • Must complete a satisfactory criminal record check that provides clearance for work with vulnerable populations, including children.
  • Must be willing to work from different locations, including the IPS and SCCFS offices.

Compensation/Working Conditions:

  • Salary: $60,000 per annum.
  • The Indigenous Knowledge Keeper will be based in-house, rotating their schedule between both organizations. They will be considered an employee of the societies and therefore subject to the policies and workplace standards in place for all employees.

Job Description – 2019 Knowledge Keeper JD

As per Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, and based on the uniqueness of this role, only applicants who self-identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit will be selected for an interview.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a letter indicating their interest and qualifications for the position by December 27, 2019 to rachelled@ipsociety.ca, or mail to 664 Granderson Road, Victoria BC, V9B 2R8.

For all Indigenous Perspectives Society employment opportunities visit https://ipsociety.ca/about/employment/ 

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

Indigenous Perspectives Society Accredited with Third CARF Three-Year Accreditation

Victoria – CARF International has accredited Indigenous Perspectives Society for another three years. This accreditation is the third consecutive Three Year Accreditation for Indigenous Perspectives Society.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at www.carf.org

Indigenous Perspectives Society continues to strive towards excellence in all that they do. Check out this video of the staff while they were hard at work preparing for the CARF re-accreditation survey.

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Media Contact: Rachelle Dallaire, Executive Director, 250 391 0007

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