IPS is unique in the space it operates within, the programs they offer, and even their very structure. In an effort to expand profits and claim independence from government funding and grants, IPS is both a charitable society and a social enterprise, which supports a business arm that can earn income while also contributing to positive social and community outcomes. This model allows IPS to lead with the heart, expand knowledge and skills, and exercise more fiscal independence.
Located in Lkwungen territory, IPS’ creation story starts more than 30 years ago with a group of founding Elders who saw a need for an Indigenous-led entity advocating for Indigenous children and youth within the child welfare system. The founding Elders created the Caring for First Nations Children Society that eventually became Indigenous Perspectives Society in 2014. Its longevity is another one of the many qualities that sets IPS apart and demonstrates impact.
While Indigenous child and family wellness remains a priority mandate of the organization, their programming is expansive and serves Indigenous peoples and communities, as well as providing training and resources for broader cultural competency among non-Indigenous audiences. Today, the training offered is extensive, and the health and well-being of Indigenous families is always at the core. Offerings include:
- Cultural Perspectives
- Indigenous Child and Family Services Training
- Community and Family Support
- Leadership and Governance Best Practices
- Justice and Equity
- Youth Leadership
See a full list of programming and training a calendar here.
Cultural Perspectives training is one of the most popular workshops offered because it is widely applicable and covers history and cultural knowledge that isn’t offered through mainstream education or media. IPS’ objective is to support learning journeys that serve Indigenous communities, particularly children, youth, and families navigating colonial systems. IPS is committed to remaining an advocacy body and safe space to bring services to Indigenous youth and their caregivers and connect Indigenous youth to their identities.
IPS is a CARF certified training provider, meaning they maintain a high level of accountability and standard of service delivery. They are committed to continually improving their services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community and receive accreditation to do so.
Approaching the next phase of its work, the Indigenous Perspectives Society: Centre of Excellence in Community Education is now expanding its programs and building up a donor base to support its growth. Emerging trainings include: Cultural Competency for Caregivers, and developing its All My Relations Training to build and expand support for Indigenous 2-spirit and LGBTQ youth.
All My Relations Training Fund: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/m/63281
Mission + Vision + Values
Mission: to provide culturally relevant training, research and policy development that advances and strengthens the lives of Indigenous people
Vision: IPS Centre of Excellence in Community Education’s vision is to strengthen the lives and contribute to the self-determination of Indigenous Peoples through culturally relevant training
Values: Honour self-determination; Innovative & sustainable growth; Honour contributions; Challenge ourselves to highest levels; Demonstrate accountability, transparency, respect