Language, namely the words we use and how we use them, is a central feature for the foundations of our relationships. Yoga gurus claim that language effects our brains, provides us the ability to heal, and also helps us determine how we perceive our world. Social service practitioners will often say that how we say things and how we use language can create and/or deter positive social responses. Our grandmothers have repeatedly told us to consider our words before we speak them.
The commonality between our ancestors and professionals in the fields of relationships is that language does matter. And it matters most in Indigenous communities where language has often been used to harm or oppress. Worse yet, the aggressor alleges that the Indigenous party is “simply oversensitive”.
The truth is, our words are conduits of powerful messages that indicate whether our intentions are good and what our values are. Individuals acting as allies must take great care to avoid language such as “running on Indian time” or “lowest man on the totem pole”. For Indigenous communities and individuals, these micro aggressions have great impact. For non Indigenous communities these statements may be a reference point that have been learned, but the meaning behind the words creates greater divide between themselves, Indigenous peoples, and their true allies. Words do matter. In fact, the words we speak will convey messages to our listeners of who we are, what we stand for, what we will not tolerate, and what our core beliefs are.
Be the leader who carefully considers their words and avoids use of words and phrases that convey culturally relevant connotations which may be offensive. When uncertain, refrain from using clichés or learned phrases that you do not know the historical origin or significance of. Better yet, find safe and respectful spaces where meaningful conversation can be had that addresses micro aggressions and their impact in Indigenous communities.
Rachelle Dallaire, Executive Director, Indigenous Perspectives Society
The Spring 2019 IN Perspective is out and available to read here. This season’s newsletter features the following:
- Executive Update
- IPS Updates
- Gladue Report Training
- Cultural Perspectives Training
- Training Calendar
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Join us for 2 days of professional development workshops on June 5 & 6. Leaders in the field will help you and your staff expand their skills and bring new expertise to your workplace.
June 5, 2019 8:30 am – 4:00 pm (includes lunch)
Day 1 – Morning
- Wellness and Stress – Zhila Alizadeh-Borji
- Conflict Resolution – Moussa Magassa
Day 1 – Afternoon
- HR Law – Mark Hundelby
- Multiple Project Management – Lee Herrin
June 6, 2019 8:30 am – 1:00 pm (includes lunch)
Day 2 – Morning
- Proposal Writing – Armando Jardim
- Going Above and Beyond – Ruth A. Mojeed
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Day 2 – Afternoon Bonus workshop
- Navigating IConnect and the ICM - Chris Choo
Location – Indigenous Perspectives Society
664 Granderson Rd
Victoria BC, V9B 2R8
Early bird Special: $350.00 (closes May 1, 2019)
Regular registration rate $375.00
Student Rate: $250.00
(Deadline for refunds is May 1, 2019)
For participants traveling from out of town and needing accommodation, here is the reservation link you and your guests can use to book our event group rate:
Indigenous Perspectives Society is a provincial organization that provides professional development to Indigenous child and family services in BC. Unique to our organization, is our commitment to culturally relevant services. The Society works in cooperation with First Nations and Indigenous child and family service programs to protect and enhance the well-being of First Nations and Aboriginal people by reaffirming traditions, and through effective child and family service delivery that empower the voices of Indigenous peoples.
Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) is seeking an Indigenous Child Protection Training Manager who is ultimately responsible for ensuring exceptional delivery of training with content that is both relevant and timely which includes training scheduling and evaluations. The position will include overseeing the development of curriculum and facilitation techniques to ensure course material is aligned with child welfare legislation and other internal policies. The Indigenous Child Protection Training Manager will lead a high performing team (10) of Project Leads, Instructional Staff, relevant Administrative employees and Contractors.
The Indigenous Child Protection Training Manager reports to the Associate Director (AD) and will develop strong relationships with IPS staff, various stakeholders such as the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) and Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), and contractors. The position will be based out of the Society’s office and will be expected to do some travel (mostly in BC) to other off-site locations and represent IPS at various conferences, committees and forums.
- A Masters of Social Work or related degree such as Psychology, Education or Child Services
- 5-7 years’ experience in Child Welfare related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience
- Progressive experience in Indigenous Child & Family Services, child protection and Indigenous social work
- Demonstrated experience in the design and development of competency-based curriculum, public education and relations materials, specifically utilizing a blended learning approach
- Experience in adult education instruction
- Sound knowledge of Indigenous communities, cultures, traditions and practices in BC
- Proficiency with computer software including MS Office, Moodle and PowerPoint
- Preference will be given to individuals identifying as Indigenous, Metis or Inuit
Interested? Apply directly to Rachelle Dallaire with your resume and cover letter, telling us about your stellar skills and why you’d be the perfect fit for the IPS team! No personal drop-ins or phone calls please.
Indigenous Perspective Society thanks all applicants for their interest and advises that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
For this and other employment opportunities at Indigenous Perspectives Society visit https://ipsociety.ca/about/employment/