IN Perspective - Winter 2017/2018 View Online
Winter 2017-2018


If there was one word on Twitter feed to describe the Indigenous Perspectives Society it would be #BUSY! As my staff, DAA stakeholders, and government partners know we have many trainings on the go and the requests are endless. For instance, we:
  • Have ongoing requests for Designated Band Representative Training (DBR) and it is needed throughout the province. We have delivered DBR training in Fort St John, Vancouver and Victoria this year.
  • Have ongoing requests for Cultural Perspectives Training (Anglican Church, consultant groups, and community agencies. We delivered Cultural Perspectives Training to Safety Canada, and this was so well received that there are requests throughout Canada. We have even delivered to a youth group of 10 year old females. Awesome response to the TRC recommendations!
  • Have a contract with Namgis First Nations exploring options for a funding methodology for small and remote Delegated Aboriginal Agencies.
  • Continue to meet all of the Aboriginal Social Worker, ASW Travel, Permanency, and Cultural Planning Contract deliverables including all financial reporting and qualitative reports.
It has been a busy past quarter for me professionally but also personally. Many stakeholders have been made aware of my resignation announcement, and my ensuing plans. I made a purposeful decision that it was “time” to move on and let the younger staff step up to the plate. We had the added bonus of going through a succession planning process for several years and our current Associate Director Rachelle Dallaire will be the new Executive Director. As an organization, we have adopted the model of succession planning for key staff and coaching and mentoring our Aboriginal staff to build their capacity. I have the highest confidence that I am leaving the Society in a position that is well suited to advance all of our aspirations per our Society mission, vision, and strategic plan.

My resignation is riddled with mixed emotions as I have formed many positive relationships with IPS staff, MCFD, INAC, DAA, and community partners. These have been, and will continue to be important to me and I will miss the contact and relationships I have formed over the years. Many people in my professional circle, do not know that in my past life, I took a certified cooks training in my early career aspirations, and I worked in the hospitality industry as a cook for several years. I aspired to be designated as a chef and after too many winter layoffs it became a limiting career for me. However, the need for good food has always been my passion as has creating my own food sustainability/security. In considering my original aspirations, I am exploring my culinary roots and am deeply excited about this, as well as other consulting work. I look forward to continuing to cross paths with all the friends and colleagues I have come to know during my time at IPS.

Kleco Kleco. 
Linda Lucas, Executive Director, Indigenous Perspectives Society

IPS Associate Director Rachelle Dallaire

Rachelle Dallaire is Montagnais with a Bachelor (BSW) and Masters of Social Work (MSW). She is a registered social worker (RSW) with more than 15 years of recruitment, retention, human resources, and executive management experience.

Rachelle was previously employed in the Aboriginal family justice system, worked with federal corrections, worked many years with street entrenched community members, with women in the sex trade, and as a research assistant. She was the 2016 chair for Canadian Women Care on the Aboriginal Girls in Care project, a guest speaker for PowHERhouse to discuss her family’s experience with residential school, and has served on many boards including the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC, Canadian Parents for French, and Canadian Women Care. She completed many volunteer years of service in the legal industry working with families, while managing a law office for 7 of those years.

An active participant and advocate in Aboriginal communities, she has served as the Associate Director with Indigenous Perspectives Society since 2010 and has a deep investment to the Society.

Message from the Representative for Children and Youth

Hello everyone,
The fall has been busy for us, including the release of three reports in the last several weeks. On Oct. 26, we released Room for Improvement: Toward better education outcomes for children in care. Statistics show that children and youth in care generally trail well behind other students academically, especially in the case of Indigenous students. In this report, I make six recommendations, including that the Ministry of Education should provide specific funding to each school district to reduce gaps in the academic achievement of children and youth in care, and that MCFD assess the trauma-related needs of all children and youth coming into care. The full report is available here: Room for Improvement: Toward better education outcomes for children in care.
On Oct. 4, we released our report, Missing Pieces: Joshua’s Story, about a youth with severe mental health challenges who committed suicide during his hospital stay. As a result of our investigation, I made one recommendation calling upon the new Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive system that offers a full continuum of mental health services for children and youth. This recommendation has been accepted by government, and I will be monitoring to ensure it is carried out.  The full report can be accessed here: Missing Pieces: Joshua's Story.

We have also recently released our Annual Report and Service Plan, which illustrates what we’ve been doing over the past year, and what we are planning to do over the next two years. It can be found here: Annual Report 2016/17 and Service Plan 2017/18 to 2018/19.

A highlight of the past few months was a youth-led, Indigenous youth engagement event we held in August in the Cowichan Valley called Ignite Your Spirit. The goal of the forum was to let Indigenous youth in care talk about and explore their experiences and to hear their recommendations for government. We were impressed with their honesty, passion and ideas to make things better for youth in care. We are planning to continue to engage with Indigenous youth and ultimately to present their recommendations to government to create change based on what youth say they need.
Remember, if you or any youth or family you know need help dealing with government, getting connected to programs or services or speaking up, call us. RCY advocates are available Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-800-476-3933. We can also advocate for those receiving or eligible to receive CLBC services up to age 24. Don’t hesitate to call!



Bernard Richard, Representative for Children and Youth, British Columbia

IPS Partners with Royal Roads University for Gladue Report Training

Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) is proud to announce that we are partnering with Royal Roads University (RRU) for our Gladue Report Training.
After a comprehensive review, IPS Gladue Report Training meets both our own, and Royal Roads University’s, standards of excellence. Participants completing Gladue Report Training will receive a certificate bearing both Indigenous Perspectives Society and Royal Roads University logos.
This is an exciting new partnership and we look forward to our ongoing collaboration with Royal Roads University!
The first session of Gladue Report Training begins January 8, 2017. Register at Gladue Report Training

Welcome New Staff

Hello, my name is Alicia and I am completing my practicum with Indigenous Perspective Society. I am a dual-heritage woman; my First Nations roots come from my father’s side and I have British roots on my mother’s side. I am Coast Salish from the Snuneymuxw First Nation, which is in Nanaimo, B.C. It has been through my education that I have been able to reclaim my Indigeneity and begin to understand the comfort and unease of walking with one foot in both worlds.

I am currently working to complete my Bachelor’s of Social work, and minor in Indigenous studies at the University of Victoria. I have previous experience working with marginalized groups in various capacities, such as working with men who are on parole, assisting community members who are encountering or at risk of experiencing homelessness, and supporting community members who have substance misuse as well as mental health challenges.

During my practicum, I am gaining skills in delivering training, learning curriculum development, developing my research skills, exploring copyright laws, and build an understanding of the inner workings around a non-profit society. So far, I have been able to sit in and participate in the Aboriginal child welfare delegation training, and I have co-facilitated a session of cultural perspective training. For my final project, I will be working with the curriculum team to develop a training for lateral violence. I feel very honored and excited to be a part of such an amazing agency.

Indigenous Perspectives Society staff and board of directors had a productive strategic planning day this fall. Many thanks to the staff and board members who participated!

Indigenous Perspectives Society Wins Best First Nations Business!


Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) is proud to be the winner of the Best of the West Shore Award for Best First Nations Business. Winners were announced On October 26, 2017 at the awards dinner hosted by the WestShore Chamber of Commerce and sponsors at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort Community.

Nominated for the second year in a row, winning this year is inspiring for the IPS team.

Indigenous Perspectives Society thanks everyone who voted for us. We appreciate your participation and support!

IPS staff pictured from Left to right: Elaine Zamardi, Kelly Legge, Melissa Barnhard, Rachelle Dallaire, and Alesha Doran.

Surfrider 2017 EcoStar Awards Finalist

Indigenous Perspective Society (IPS) is proud to have been a finalist in the 2017 Vancouver Island EcoStar Awards in the Greenest Office category. 

IPS has a zero-waste policy, which means we compost and recycle everything we can. The IPS team cares deeply about being mindful of our impact on our natural environment and employs best practices for our society’s sustainability. We are always looking at ways to conserve power, decrease emissions, support well-being, and we do our best to reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink!

The Surfrider EcoStar Awards awards recognize outstanding environmental achievements and leadership by businesses, organizations and individuals. These awards are given to local champions of initiatives, projects and innovations that contribute to a vibrant future in which our communities and ecology both prosper.

Children’s Aid Foundation Foster Care Transition Kits
Each year in November, Indigenous Perspectives Society packs 200 back packs for children in care. These back packs help children in care have a few things of their very own to help them get through a difficult time. This year Northwest Internation Child and Families Services Society in Terrace/Prince Rupert, Denisiqi Child and Family Services, Williams Lake and Foster Parent Support Services will be partnering with us.
Backpacks are assembled for a range of ages from 0-2, 3-5, 6-12, and 13-18. They include bibs, sippy cups, and toys for the little ones, tablets, mp3 players, books, puzzles and art supplies for the other age ranges. Hoodies were donated for the older children and this year Dr. Chris Bryant, a dentist in Sooke, donated 200 tooth brush kits to the backpacks.
IPS would like to thank Gerry Denis and Tara Garnet from Staples on McCallum Rd who negotiated discounts on many items for the backpacks from their suppliers.
Launched in November 2013 through the leadership support of a private donor, the Children’s Aid Foundation’s Ted and Loretta Rogers Foster Care Transition Program aims to improve the experience of coming into care for children by providing items and resources that aid in their comfort, well-being, safety, and sense of security.
Pictured in photos are IPS staff Candace McKivett, Michele Oatman, Pamela Bevan, and Barbara Smith


Indigenous Caregivers of BC

Families need Indigenous foster caregivers in communities throughout British Columbia to help them through difficult times. If you have room in your heart and room in your home, call Gaye Smith toll-free at 1.844.391.0007 extension 229 or email her at

Indigenous Caregivers of BC can work with you to support you on the journey into foster caregiving!

More information can be found on our Indigenous Caregivers of BC website at

About the Author

My name is Gary Edward Allen
I was born in France to Canadian parents I have a Metis bloodline on my mother’s side of the family. I am a health care worker and also a writer I reside in Nanaimo, BC but I grew up in and lived in Victoria BC Until recent years. I write poetry and I am inspired to write by current events, love, relationships and nature. I have three books of my poems published they are Second Sight, Consumed and Mirror. I truly enjoy writing and expressing myself through the use of words. I wrote Highway of Tears in loving memory of all of the Indigenous women that are lost and missing. I hope everyone enjoys my writing as much as I have enjoyed writing my poems.

At IPS, learners gain the knowledge, skills and perspectives needed to be aware of their role in transforming how we relate to children, families, individuals and issues. Our participants include leaders, government employees, service providers, entrepreneurs, educators, social workers, parents, caregivers, and youth who are using their training both professionally and personally in communities throughout British Columbia and across Canada.

IPS is hosting the following training dates in the final 2017/2018 quarter. For more information or to register visit

Online Gladue Report Training 01/08/2018
IPS Office Voluntary Services Week 1 01/08/2018
IPS Office Voluntary Services Week 2 01/15/2018
Online Voluntary Services Week 3 01/22/2018
Online Voluntary Services Week 3 01/29/2018
Online Introduction to Guardianship 02/06/2018
IPS Office Guardianship 02/19/2018
Online Introduction to Child Protection 02/27/2018
IPS Office Child Protection Week 7 03/05/2018
IPS Office Child Protection Week 8 03/12/2018
IPS Office Cultural Perspectives Training 03/21/2018

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