IN Perspective - Spring 2018 View Online


Since I gave the Board of Directors my resignation letter in September, the time has flown by, especially this last month of March! When I reflect on my career at IPS, which has been almost 16 years, I have had many challenges and many opportunities. When I think of what the Society has grown and become, I am very proud to see such a resilient and thriving organization. I am most proud of the fact that we own our building, even though we have outgrown it, we have a base to for our training and our operations. I believe I am leaving the Society in a very healthy position in that we:
  • Have social enterprising activities that are expanding out i.e., Cultural Perspectives Training (CPT) and Gladue Report Training (GRT). A few examples of organizations we have or will be delivering CPT to include Victoria Cool Aid Society, the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, and Public Safety Canada.
  • Have formed a partnership with Royal Roads University to support Gladue Report Training and are exploring options for certification and possibly an elective at the undergrad or an elective at the master’s level. Legal Services Society has 20 participants registered in the training so far.
  • Are working with Vancity for a grant to complete a feasibility study and business plan for a new building, which would be a purpose-built building with space for rental, commercial kitchen, and social enterprising activities.
  • While we have had many learnings related to the Blended Learning On-Site On-Line Mentoring Model (BLOOMM), the Society has forayed and been the lead on developing on-line training. The staff have built their capacity to take on this work and I raise my hands up to them as it has created many opportunities, as well as challenges which has enhanced our learning.
Some of the most rewarding aspects of my work at IPS include the coaching, mentoring and succession planning activities that I implemented at IPS. I am also particularly passionate about building the capacity of Indigenous people through coaching, mentoring, professional development and training. I believe that higher education is the path to lead Indigenous people towards more opportunities, health, healing and cultural resurgence.
It has been quite a journey for me at the Society. I am grateful for all the opportunities I have had to travel and meet people throughout the province and Canada. Until next time!

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

IPS Team Lead Connie Martin

Greetings to Indigenous Perspectives Society’s Community Partners,
On April 1, 2018, I will be the new Associate Director for the Indigenous Perspectives Society. My name is Connie Martin and I come from the K’omoks First Nation on my maternal side, my mother’s name is Leslee Martin, and my late grandmother was Mable Frank. My grandparents, Richard and Catherine Wilson raised my mother and myself. On my father’s side we are Irish and Dutch, and my father’s name is Gary Martin. My paternal grandparents are the late Maggie Martin and Charlie Martin.

I come to Indigenous Perspectives Society with previous experience as a social worker both for the Ministry of Children and Family Development, and for a Delegated Aboriginal Agency. I have also previously worked in the non-profit sector for over ten years with Aboriginal children and their families. I am also a passionate advocate for education, and I have worked to earn an Associate Arts Degree in Aboriginal Studies, a Bachelor of Social Work Degree with Indigenous and Child Welfare specializations, and I am currently working on my Masters in Public Administration. Indigenous Perspectives Society has contributed to my learning in the past, as I benefited from a practicum placement at the Society during my social work education. I am a strong believer in reciprocity, and building capacity within our Aboriginal people and our allies. I am excited for the opportunity to practice this value and work for the Society in this new role. I welcome you to contact me at the Society to connect or to ask any questions you may have.
Connie Martin

Message from the Representative for Children and Youth

Hello everyone,
One of my key priorities since I became British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth is to help reduce the over-representation of Indigenous children in care. As you may know, federal Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott recently referred to Indigenous child welfare as a “humanitarian crisis.”
So I was pleased to join Indigenous leaders and my colleagues – children’s advocates from across Canada – in Ottawa in January to take part in the federal government’s emergency meeting on Indigenous child welfare. While it is difficult to overcome cynicism, key commitments were made and I believe there is reason for cautious optimism. I will be closely monitoring further developments and tangible actions to reduce the number of Indigenous children in care. The announcement from the federal government of new funding for Indigenous child welfare agencies is a significant one and a step in the right direction, given that the urgency of this issue cannot be overstated. My colleagues and I released a statement on the situation which
you can read here: Statement from Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates on Indigenous child welfare

In other news, my Office released an adoption update in December. In the B.C. Adoption and Permanency Options Update, we found that far fewer children and youth were adopted in the first half of last year compared to what we saw in the previous two years. This was, frankly, disappointing, given that these numbers represent real children and youth who are waiting for families. The full report is available here: B.C. Adoption & Permanency Options Update.
If you want to keep up with the latest news and happenings at our Office, we’re on social media. Find us on Facebook (@RCYBC and @rcybcyouth), Twitter (@rcybc and @rcybcyouth), Instagram (@rcybcyouth) and YouTube (Rep4Youth).
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 at 1-800-476-3933 or email And don’t forget, we can also advocate for those receiving or eligible to receive CLBC services until the age of 24, so please don’t hesitate to call.



Bernard Richard, Representative for Children and Youth, British Columbia

Welcome New Staff

Lori Bull, Internship Student, UVIC Masters of Social Work Indigneous Specialization Program

‘Gilakas’la, 'Nugwa'am I’kgawaga. Gayutlan łax, ‘Namgis, Ławitʼsis, Dzawada’enuxw and Kwikwasutinux. Hello, my traditional name is I’kgawaga and was given to me by my late paternal grandfather and hereditary Chief George Speck Sr., my traditional name means Woman of Many Colours/Abalone Woman. I am Kwakwaka’wakw from the ‘Namgis territory with ancestral ties to the Ławitʼsis tribe through my father and grandfather and Dzawada’enuxw and Kwikwasutinux through my biological mother. I also acknowledge my Irish/Jewish heritage through my mother and Swedish ancestry through my biological father. Those who nurtured and raised me to be the person I am today are my parents Dara Culhane and George “Satch” Speck Jr.

My English name is Lori Bull, my husband, Richard Bull is Anishinaabe from Whitefish Bay, Lac Seul First Nation in Ontario. He is a gentle soul, a true original and makes me laugh every day. We have been guests living, working and playing in Wei Wai Kum and Wei Wai Kai territory among the Laichwiltach peoples on central Vancouver Island since 2012.

In August 2016, I embarked on a new phase of my educational journey at the University of Victoria in the Masters of Social Work Indigenous Specialization (MSWI) Program. I am currently residing, studying and working in the unceded territories of the WSÁNEĆ and Lekwungen Peoples. I arrived in this territory in early January as a guest to attend my final practicum with Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS). I will be at IPS full-time for the next three months. I have worked previously as a delegated C3 Social Worker for the ‘Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay and most recently I have been helping Indigenous families navigate the child welfare system at Sasamans Society in Campbell River. I will return to Sasamans in April to begin my mentorship into the Executive Director position. I am tremendously grateful for the learning opportunity I am receiving with Indigenous Perspectives Society as I complete my final term in the MSWI program. ‘Gilakas’la (Thank you).

Staff Farewells

Pam Bevan

IPS is going to miss Pam Bevan, the society’s program co-ordinator. For more than seven years, Pam has worked very hard for the society She has been an enormous asset for the development of IPS online training with her work uploading curriculum onto moodle, trouble shooting and making the online experience look good, as well as preparing the onsite training materials and workbooks for printing.  Not to mention the many other tasks along the way. Pam’s corporate history along with her bouncy, positive personality, means she will be sorely missed! And we will miss Bella too!  Congratulations Pam on your next position working for Aboriginal Education at UVic.

Alicia Carlow

Alicia has completed her practicum here at IPS. While at IPS, she attended Aboriginal Social Work Training in Voluntary Services, participated in facilitating the Cultural Perspectives Training and developed a curriculum on Lateral Violence that will be released in the fall. Alicia will be returning to UVic to further her studies. It has been such a pleasure working with Alicia and she will be missed.


Linda Lucas

Lot’s of big changes here at IPS.  Linda Lucas, our fearless leader is retiring from the society in March. Linda began her journey with Caring for First Nations Children Society in 2002, 16 years ago. In 2014, the society rebranded to Indigenous Perspectives Society. With Linda’s leadership, IPS has been able to purchase a building, deliver training to over 3500 social workers and numerous other organizations, develop leading edge curriculum including Cultural Perspectives Training and Gladue Report Training, and built strong relationships with stakeholders.  She will be terribly missed.  And we will miss Sadie too! IPS wishes the best for Linda!


IPS continues to offer three, eight-week training for social workers each year.  Curriculum for the Aboriginal Social Work training program is undergoing a major over haul to ensure it stays up to date and has practical applicability in an evolving world.

IPS is currently working with Ragna Rocks to develop interactive activities for the online portion of of our Blended Learning Onsite Online Mentoring Model (BLOOMM) – the society is constantly looking at creative ways to enhance online learning and meet the needs of our communities.

Our next Aboriginal Social Work Training begins April 9, 2018.

Indigenous Caregivers of BC

Gaye Smith, Caregiver Support & Education

I have been so busy travelling and training throughout the Province these past few months - from the north in Terrace to the south in Ahoushat!

Recently I was in Terrace and completed the PRIDE Pre-Service Training Program. While we work with the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCF) to host and facilitate this program online, we are able to offer this program in person to mitigate some of the barriers potential and current foster parents may face. This current training was offered to Nisgaa Child and Family Services and fortunately for me – offered during the time of Hobiyee – welcoming of the new year. What an amazing event and so awesome to see so many young people dancing and connecting to their homelands!

The above photos show the community that hosted the Hobiyee this year! Such beautiful lands and people!
This was my first time to attend Hobiyee and it was wonderful to see the many children and youth came with their foster caregivers and extended families to attend.

As in all our communities throughout the province, families and children need foster caregivers in communities to keep children connected to their culture and families. Nisgaa leaders expressed their need for caregivers in their communities to help them bring the children home!


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

IPS Employment Opportunities



Are you a natural teacher, coach, and mentor? Do you thrive in a dynamic environment, have a passion for adult education, and are enthusiastic about working in partnership with Indigenous families, elders, and communities, then we want to talk with you!

We are looking for an energetic and confident ASW Team Lead/Instructor and ASW Instructor to join our dedicated team and deliver child welfare training to front-line social workers working in child and family service agencies in communities throughout British Columbia (BC).


In this role, you display your love of bringing ideas and theories to life while fostering meaningful dialogue that boosts self-determination and social change for Indigenous communities. As an instructor, you will be sharing your natural aptitude for developing, reviewing, and delivering curriculum. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to travel frequently within BC.


Join our dynamic environment where your passion for knowledge-sharing helps create excellence through training and leadership.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A Bachelor of Social Work or a related degree.
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience in an Aboriginal Child and Family Services.
  • Thorough knowledge of Aboriginal social work specifically in Child Welfare, and knowledge of legislation, regulations and practice standards pertaining to Indigenous Child & Family Services.
  • Demonstrated experience in adult education instruction and delivery.
  • Sound knowledge of Indigenous communities, cultures, traditions, and practices in BC.
  • Proficiency with computer software including MS Office, databases, and PowerPoint.
    Preference will be given to applicants of Aboriginal ancestry.

If you are qualified and interested in this challenging position, please send your resume with an accompanying cover letter describing how your strengths and experience make you the ideal fit to AND with “Instructor: ASW” as the subject line.

To download a detailed job description, visit IPS Employment Page.

Pink T-shirt day

IPS takes anti-bullying seriously as well as lateral violence – watch for our new curriculum on Lateral Violence soon to be out in the fall.

Community Outreach

On Feb. 15, 2018, IPS attended The MARPAC Health and Wellness Expo, an Education and Information Open House for members of the Defence Team, their families and individuals interested in recreation, fitness, education and health and wellness opportunities.

It is the only event at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt that brings together the military community and resource providers in the region.

More than 1,000 military and Department of National Defense employees, and family members attended this day-long expo! IPS made some great connections promoting our Cultural Perspectives Training, and discovering many community resources that we can share with our stakeholders.

If you would like IPS to host a booth at your event,


IPS Westshore Emergency Preparedness

Are you prepared for an emergency? Participants from the surrounding community at IPS' Westshore Emergency Preparedness Event learned how to be ready when a disaster strikes.

So much gratitude to Emergency Social Services and the RCMP, Paramedics & Fire Fighters for their excellent presentations. Everyone left knowing so much more about how to successfully survive and thrive in an emergency event.

Special thanks to the First Nations Health Authority Winter Wellness Event program and Resilient Streets - Building Resilient Neighbourhoods for your support helping us create a vibrant community.

First Call BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition Fundraising Gala

In early February, IPS sent two staff, Elaine Zamardi and Alesha Doran, to attend First Calls' Fundraising Gala and they enjoyed the wonderful opportunity to hear from both keynote speakers, Grand Chief Ed John and Raffi. Both Elaine and Alesha were deeply moved by Grand Chief Ed John’s speech. He spoke from the heart about his community and the courage of their youth. The recommendations in his 2016 report on Indigenous Child Welfare are just as relevant today.

Raffi’s shared with passion about his work on Child Honouring and promoting awareness and implementation of the United Nations 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child. We still have so much work to do to keep children at the heart of everything we create together in all our communities. Thank you to First Call BC for all the work they do!
Photos courtesy of Sarah Race and First Call BC

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 first 2018 quarter. For more information or to register visit

IPS Office Child Protection Week 8 03/12/2018
Private Cultural Perspectives Workshop 03/14/2018
IPS Office Cultural Perspectives Training 03/21/2018
Private Cultural Perspectives Training 04/03/2018
Private Designated Band Representative 04/04/2018
IPS Office Voluntary Services Week 1 04/09/2018
IPS Office Voluntary Services Week 2 04/16/2018
Online Voluntary Services Week 3 04/23/2018
Online Voluntary Services Week 4 04/30/2018
TBA Supervisory 1 05/08/2018
Private Designated Band Representative 05/24/2018
Online Intro to Guardianship 05/29/2018
IPS Office Guardianship 06/04/2018
Online Intro to Child Protection 07/03/2018
IPS Office Child Protection Week 1 07/09/2018
IPS Office Child Protection Week 1 07/09/2018

Follow us for the latest IPS news and events: Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Follow us on YouTube Follow us on Email