BCNPHA is grateful to partner with Indigenous Perspectives Society to offer a workshop series focusing on Reconciliation, Cultural Competency and Cultural Safety.  

Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS) is a charitable and not-for-profit social enterprise that offers training programs and services that help foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives, cultural differences, and the need for self-determination. It helps individuals and organizations develop actionable ideas to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action . By creating excellence through training and leadership, we help to strengthen and build successful relationships in our communities. 

To begin our Indigenous Perspective Series we will be offering a large group introductory webinar. You can then participate in the individual workshop to increase your learning and knowledge in a particular topic.  


Introduction to Indigenous Perspectives Training 

This 1.5-hour introductory session, will provide participants with an overview of colonization history in Canada from first contact to the social impact of residential schools on the lives of Indigenous peoples.  

In this session participants will:

  • Develop a clear understanding of residential school history   
  • Understand the continued impacts of colonization when working with Indigenous children, youth, and families  
  • Understand the inter-generational impacts from the loss of traditional culture experienced by Indigenous peoples  

Date and Time: August 12, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm 

Cost: Free 


Small Group Workshops 

Small group workshops provide an in-depth exploration into some of the topics introduced in the above webinar. You can choose to register in all the workshops or individual ones. You don’t need to attend the introduction webinar to attend the small group workshops. 

In order to create a space that fosters conversation, interaction and reflection we will be limiting the workshop to 35 participants. 

Please note these sessions will not be recorded. If you register and then are unable to attend, please let us know so that we can open up space for other participants. 

Once you register for a workshop, BCNPHA will share your email and name with IPS who will then contact you with a session link and learning resources. 

Understanding History

In this three-hour workshop, participants learn an overview of colonization history in Canada from first contact to the social impact of residential schools on the lives of Indigenous peoples. 

Workshop outcomes:

  • Develop clear understanding of residential school history 
  • Understand the continued impacts of colonization when working with Indigenous children, youth, and families 
  • Understand the inter-generational impacts from the loss of traditional culture experienced by Indigenous peoples 
  • Identify social location, decolonization, and the role of the Indigenous ally 

Date and Time: Thursday, September 9, 1:00 pm – 4 pm 

Registration Deadline:  September 2, 2021 

Price: BCNPHA member $25 
           Non-member $50 

Dispelling Myths and Stereotypes

This three-hour workshop introduces participants to the key concepts of colonization, privilege and stereotyping. While encouraging meaningful relationship-building strategies with Indigenous community members and organizations, the learning is applicable to many areas in our professional and personal lives. 

Workshop outcomes:

  • Reflect on how privilege and stereotypes impact our work and relationships 
  • Strengthen collaborative working relationships with Indigenous communities 
  • Apply anti-oppressive, decolonizing ideologies and methods into our work and daily life 

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 29, 1:00 pm – 4 pm 

Registration Deadline: September 24, 2021 

Price: BCNPHA member $25
           Non-member $50 

Building Local Relationships

Participants explore ways organizations and individuals can build strengths in areas that impact relationships with Indigenous individuals, organizations, and communities. It is strongly experiential, learning from the knowledge of invited speakers and by participating in sharing circles according to local protocols. 

Workshop outcomes:

  • Identifying examples where decision-making opportunities in the workplace can be affected by assumptions and bias 
  • Identifying examples of how known and assumed privilege can impact relationships and communication with Indigenous families 
  • Defining cultural safety, identify what culturally safe practices look like, and how they can be introduced to the workplace 

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 13, 1:00 pm – 4 pm 

Registration Deadline: October 8, 2021  

Price: BCNPHA members $25
           Non-members $50 


Speakers

Rachelle Dallaire 

Rachelle is from the Montagnais people in lower Quebec. She brings more than 15 years of management and leadership experience to her work as Indigenous Perspectives Society’s Executive Director. Rachelle has extensive front line service experience that informs her leadership from her early work with at risk communities including women in the sex trade, corrections, and the homeless community. As an inter-generational trauma survivor, she brings a lot of passion to developing Indigenous Perspectives Society’s Reconciliation from an Indigenous Perspective training offerings, which include Cultural Perspectives Training, developed to support the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action. 

Lizz Brooks 

Lizz is from the Tsesk’iye clan of the Tahltan Nation, as well as Chinese on her father’s side and mixed European from her mother’s side. She has lived across British Columbia, but Vancouver Island is where she has called “home” for most of her life. In recent years, she continues to actively educate herself on her own Tahltan culture along with the many Indigenous relationships and current events across Turtle Island (North America). Lizz is passionate about uplifting and empowering others while learning about Indigenous Sovereignty, equal rights, visibility, and history. An active member within the performing arts community, she is excited to be a part of the Indigenous Perspectives Society’s team to help bring awareness, education, and support where needed.