Indigenous Perspectives Society: Centre of Excellence in Community Education (IPS) is thrilled to announce a new free online leadership workshop series especially for Indigenous youth in and from care. We believe that much of the cultural resurgence and reconciliation work in the coming years will happen through the cultivated leadership of our youth. Indigenous youth in and from care share unique experiences and have very valuable perspectives to share. This is chance to learn alongside and support each other in a safe space.  

Indigenous Youth, between the ages 14 to 28, we are inviting YOU to register for this series of three amazing workshops plus voluntary peer mentorship to gain:

  • Connection with other Indigenous youth and IPS youth circle members 
  • Community leadership skills
  • Resume building and professional development skills

Once the three workshops are complete, participants will receive:

  • A Certificate of Community Leadership
  • $50 Honorarium upon completion

Next Training Date: TBD
Location: Online
Time: Varied; see session descriptions
Cost: *free

Register Here

*This series of workshops is open to Indigenous individuals who are or have been in care through MCFD or an Indigenous Child and Family Services Agencies (ICFSAs) and are between the ages of 14 years old and (the Canadian definition of youth) 28 years old inclusive.

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IPS Youth Team Members: Kaia Hill, Lizz Brooks and Christina Gosselin

Workshops Listing and Dates  

Conflict Transformation: June 12th, 9am – 12pm

Understanding and Healing Lateral Violence: July 9th, 9am – 4pm; July 10th, 9am – 12pm

All My Relations: Supporting Two Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ* Youth: August 7th, 9am – 4pm

*Peer Mentorship support circles online with IPS’s Youth Circle: multiple dates to be determined. 

**Can’t Make a training Date? These Workshops will be recorded for you to access as needed.

Workshop Summaries 

Conflict Transformation 

This seminar examines types of conflict and provides insight into how we can approach and navigate conflict in a culturally congruent manner. Through a lens of self-awareness and curiosity, participants will be offered practical tools and strategies to address conflict in different ways that can transform relationships and expectations.  

“The facilitators did a great job. They were great at facilitating and it felt like a safe place to share and listen.” 

-Participant  

Understanding and Healing Lateral Violence 

In this course we explore the origins of lateral violence in Indigenous communities and how it is perpetuated in our personal and professional lives. We explore lateral kindness as an antidote and how we can incorporate it into our lives. We look at frameworks by which to foster empathy and healthy communication. Throughout, we review tools and exercises that participants can incorporate into their workplaces, family settings, and adapt as their own. 

“I didn’t want this training to end, Thank you!!” 

-Participant  

All My Relations: Supporting Two Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ* Youth 

This training discusses the resilience of our Two Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ* youth and ways their community can support. Topics include intergenerational effects of colonization, the unique two spirit identity, finding place in Indigenous, Western, and LGBTQ* communities, reflection on collective and individual unconscious biases, and available supports and services. This unique training incorporates learning activities as well as an interactive panel discussion with youth, community leaders, and Two Spirit Elders.  

“This was the best all-day workshop I’ve ever attended! Caring and so full of information!” 

-Participant

Criteria to register:  

  • Spaces are held for self-identified Indigenous youth, that is identifying as First Nations, Inuit, Métis, or another Indigenous group.   
  • Be between the ages of 14 and 28, inclusive.  
  • Have experience in the child welfare system, either through an Indigenous Child and Family Services Agencies (ICFSAs) (formerly Delegated Aboriginal Agency) or the Ministry for Child and Family Development. 
  • Space is limited so register soon! 

How to register:

  • Go to our registration page
  • Create an account & save
  • Select ‘Youth Leadership Workshop Series’ from the ‘Workshops’ section
  • You will automatically be registered for each of the three trainings listed
  • You will receive a confirmation email, at the address you have provided, with all the login details and information

For registration assistance, please contact: D’Arcy Briggs: darcyb@ipsociety.ca

For more program details, please contact: Kelly Legge: kelly.legge@ipsociety.ca

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This free workshop series is made possible through a grant from the Vancouver Foundation.

Vancouver Foundation is dedicated to creating healthy, vibrant and livable communities across BC. Since 1943, our donors have created 1,800 endowment funds and together we have distributed more than $1 billion to charities. From arts and culture to the environment, health and social development, education, medical research and more, we exist to make meaningful and lasting improvements to communities in BC.