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FALL 2018

IPS Executive Director Update
Rachelle Dallaire

There was a time when the summer months provided an opportunity to rejuvenate and rest, perhaps even take some vacation. That time was certainly not this past summer! The Indigenous Perspectives Society continued to deliver training right through till the end of July. The month of August provided small respite from training to strategize for September and the current round of ASW Delegation Training. As many agencies are aware, the ASW contract has experienced some challenges while ensuring that the delivery of ASW meets the needs of the agencies. We are working hard to address these needs and long overdue concerns which are discussed in more detail in correspondence going out to DAA executive directors.
In the interim, the Society continues its 3-5 year strategic plan to get into a building that better meets our space needs. We are always looking for partners and like minded organizations so please reach out to share ideas!

Message from the Acting Representative for Children and Youth
Jennifer Charlesworth

As British Columbia’s new Acting Representative for Children and Youth, I am honoured to have the opportunity to introduce myself and discuss the new role I have taken on.

I believe deeply in the importance of advocacy for children and youth that both enhances public awareness and compels positive action towards child and youth well-being. Like you, I want to see children and youth thrive, and this position will, I hope, allow me to assist in making that collective goal a reality.

One of my top priorities is to reduce the over-representation of Indigenous children and youth in the child welfare system. Given that they comprise more than 60 per cent of children and youth in care, our first goal at RCY is to recommend ways to reduce that number, and to improve services to Indigenous children and families who come into contact with the Ministry of Children and Family Development or Delegated Aboriginal Agencies.  At the same time, we are consciously striving to ensure that our organization is culturally safe for Indigenous staff and the Indigenous children, youth and families we serve.

Another key priority is improving services for children and youth with mental health or substance use issues. My plan is to continue working with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to support the implementation of recommendations to improve mental health and substance use services for children and youth, and we will continue to monitor progress.

A third priority area for me is to advocate for ways to support youth as they age out of care. Youth have clearly told us that they need more support for this transition. We are interested in collaborating with government and stakeholders to ensure that youth receive the support they need as they become adults. The status quo is simply unacceptable.
And finally, our Office is working collaboratively with MCFD on a review of the quality of care plans to support the right of every child and youth in government care to care planning that is up to date and appropriate. We will also be working with DAAs on our approach to the review of care planning and, in particular, cultural planning for Indigenous children and youth.

I look forward to engaging and collaborative relationships with all stakeholders to ensure that these goals are realized. If you have suggestions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Office:

Jennifer Charlesworth
Acting Representative for Children and Youth

Gladue Report Training
Indigenous Perspectives Society

What you should know about Gladue!

What is Gladue?
Gladue refers to a right that Aboriginal People have under section 718.2 (e) of the Criminal Code as well as a sentencing principle which recognizes that Aboriginal Peoples face racism and systemic discrimination in and out of the criminal law system. The Gladue principle attempts to address the crisis of overrepresentation and inequities faced by Aboriginal people who are in custody by asking the judge to consider “all available sanctions other than imprisonment that are reasonable in the circumstances, with particular attention to the circumstances of Aboriginal offenders.”
What is a Gladue Report?
Gladue writers are story-tellers, and a Gladue Report conveys the circumstances of an offender’s life. The report contains information about the individual’s background, including involvement with residential school, the children welfare system, trauma, as well as developmental or health issues. The report also contains recommendations that help the judge determine appropriate sentencing options.   
Is there a need for Gladue Writers?
Yes. At the Supreme Court of Canada level, a need has been identified for Provinces to support more Gladue reports across the country. In fact, significant funding has been newly earmarked by the BC Provincial Government to support greater access, in recognition of Gladue rights.
IPS’s Gladue Report Training is 100% online, can be accessed from anywhere, and is completed around your own schedule.

The Fall Gladue Report Writing Training is well under way and our next course begins January 21st, 2019! Click here to register.

"I appreciated the warm, passionate approach of Dr. Jane Dickson and learned more because she truly believes in this work and passed on that commitment to the students."
Joan Cotie,  CCW, BSW, CRC, MSW, RSW, Fam. Arb, C.Med.

Perspectives To Action
Indigenous Perspectives Society and Stream of Conciousness

With the support of Stream of Consciousness and Sunset Labs, Indigenous Perspectives Society is pleased to bring together speakers and performance artists for an evening exploring key efforts in response to the Calls to Action of the Reconciliation Commission.

For this sharing session, Indigenous Perspectives Society is pleased to bring together speakers, performance artists, and screen a short film to explore key efforts in response to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We are fortunate to host "Perspectives To Action" on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen peoples.

*You can attend this event in person or live stream from anywhere! Information below.*

Featured speakers:

  • Eddy Charlie, co-organizer of Victoria’s Orange Shirt Day with Kristen Spray, speaking about Residential School
  • Dr. Jane Dickson, Law Professor at Carlton University and Instructor at Indigenous Perspectives Society, speaking about the Justice system and the Gladue Process

We are also pleased to present:

  • Rachelle Dallaire, Executive Director of Indigenous Perspectives Society
  • Charlie Batchelor, Indigenous Perspective Society’s Youth Representative

Dance and Musical Performances:

  • Eddi Wilson, Two Spirit performance artist
  • Aurora Finkle, musician


  • A Short Film featuring Laurie McDonald, Two Spirit Elder and Instructor at Indigenous Perspectives Society

Ways to be part of this event:

  • In person at the Sunset Labs by registering for “Perspectives to Action: Stream of Consciousness Event” and purchasing your ticket here under Training and Workshops
  • Live streaming: Enjoy this event wherever you are by registering for the Live Stream
  • There are reserved FREE tickets for youth up to 18 years old. Contact us at to reserve youth tickets

Aboriginal Social Work Graduation

July 19, 2018

IPS proudly graduated another cohort of the Aboriginal Social Worker Training program with an event held at the Four Points Sheraton. This training combines best practice in Aboriginal child welfare with BC Provincial Legislation and Standards. Each year, graduates take their learning into communities throughout British Columbia working to strengthen families and communities by supporting the well-being of children. Congratulations to all of the graduates!

Cultural Perspectives Training

Linda Lucas

I recently had the honour of presenting a Cultural Perspectives Training seminar at the first annual Homelessness Services Association of BC (HSABC) conference.  The attendees were a diverse group of people from various backgrounds including employment, transition houses, Friendship Centers, shelter workers and people directly working with the homeless populations. It was a dynamic group of people who engaged in a lively discussion, and participants enjoyed the interactive engagement in the workshop.

It was also very informative to hear the Honourable Judy Darcy Minister of Mental Health & Addictions, which is the first ministry for mental health and addictions across Canada. BC should be proud of our focus on being the leader and taking initiative to address issues related to mental health and addictions.  I was not aware of the various initiatives that are underway to address the issues of homelessness and addictions across BC.

When I reviewed the program, I noted that the field of addictions and homelessness struggles with similar issues faced by the child welfare field.  For instance, one of the workshops focused on recruitment and retention of staff who deal with stressful and risky situations.  I also liked the fact that many of the invited vendors were focussed on “Social Enterprising” activities. I am sure the conference was a big success judging by the number of attendees, and I wish HSABC all the best in future endeavors.

Government of British Columbia Corporate Supply Arrangement

Learning and Development Services

IPS has a Corporate Supply Arrangement for Learning and Development Services with the Province of British Columbia. Included in the Arrangement are our Cultural Perspectives Training offerings, both hosted at IPS and offered privately. We are pleased to continue bring this valuable learning to our public sector partners.

Orange Shirt Day

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IPS Staff and Students partipcating in Orange Shirt Day. Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. 

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

IPS and Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR)

Indigenous Perspectives Society is pleased to be working with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Progressive Aboriginal Relations program to support participating organizations capacity development.
PAR is a certification program that confirms corporate performance in Aboriginal relations at the Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Certified companies promote their level with a PAR logo signaling to communities that they are:

  • good business partners;
  • great places to work and;
  • committed to prosperity in Aboriginal communities

PAR certification provides a high level of assurance to communities because the designation is supported by an independent, third party verification of company reports. The final company level is determined by a jury comprised of Aboriginal business people. Since the program’s introduction in 2001, PAR remains the premier corporate social responsibility program with an emphasis on Aboriginal relations.

WestShore Chamber of Commerce

Indigenous Perspectives Society

IPS is a finalist for Best Business in for Best of Westshore Awards. Thank you to all of our supporters who each year recognize our contribution the the community.

IPS was proud to host a showcase table at the 14th Annual Chili Cook-Off & WestShore Showcase on Saturday September 8, 2018 at Belmont Secondary School in Langford. It was a great event bringing our community together. Our friends at Sooke Family Resources Society won 3rd place this year in the Chili Cookoff and they won 1st place for Showmanship!

Indigenous Caregivers of BC
Indigenous Perspectives Society

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 toll-free at 1 844 391-0007 extension 229.

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

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, communities, and in organizations. 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 this quarter. For more information or to register visit

IPS Office Cultural Perspectives Training 09/05/2018
Victoria Cultural Perspectives Training Private 09/06/2018
IPS Office Voluntary Services
Weeks 1 & 2
TBA Supervisory II & III 09/18/2018
Online Voluntary Services
Weeks 3 & 4
TBA Board of Directors Training 09/25/2018
Fort St John Family Support Worker Private 10/02/2018
IPS Office Designated Band Representative 10/10/2018
Campbel River Designated Band Representative Training Private 10/16/2018
Online Introduction to Guardianship 10/16/2018
IPS Office Guardianship 10/22/2018
Online Introduction to Child Protection 11/13/2018
IPS Office Child Protection Week 7 11/19/2018
IPS Office Child Protection Week 8 11/26/2018

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