2021 Fall Project:
Completed: Indigenous Perspectives Society
Their building is now a culturally relevant space with improved overall efficiency and the capacity to hold larger groups, fostering deeper impacts.
The Indigenous Perspective Society offers training, consulting, and projects to help foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives, cultural differences, and the need for self-determination.
They advance education, knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures and practices with Indigenous Peoples and for individuals and organizations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, helping deepen reconciliation.
This project addressed the underlying need for reconciliation, which is rooted in Indigenous rights and title, colonization, stereotyping and privilege. This need is reflected in the multi-generational trauma caused by the legacy of residential schools and the “60’s scoop” and continues through prejudice and discrimination that Indigenous people face today. A small sampling of statistics include:
- 51% of Indigenous children live in poverty.
- 73% of Indigenous people say people in their group are treated unfairly at least sometimes because of their race or culture.
- 29% of Indigenous people say that racism affects people close to them to a great extent.
- A recent B.C. survey found that 84% of Indigenous respondents reported that they have experienced discrimination when receiving health care.
- 80% of reserves have median incomes that fall below the poverty line.
- Alcohol and drug abuse was identified as a significant issue in their community by 80.3% of Indigenous adults and 77.3% of Indigenous youth.
HeroWork empowered IPS’s mandate by transforming their building—a former die casting shop—into a culturally relevant and safe space with the capacity to hold larger groups and foster deeper impacts.
The transformed building reflects Indigenous cultures, engenders psychological safety for the work that goes on there, has an improved workflow, increased size of training spaces, and improved overall efficiency and sustainability.
The transformation of the Indigenous Perspectives Society has allowed:
- Program expansion with newly configured spaces that accommodate up to 50 participants, including four new breakout rooms.
- Improved cultural safety through culturally relevant designs and spaces as well as increased natural light through more windows.
- Deeper cultural relevance and safety for training participants across IPS’s curriculum.
- An interior layout that improves operational efficiencies and sustainability.
- Soundproofing that allows for better focus of participants and staff.
- Addition of washrooms (including an accessible stall and gender-neutral stalls) to support larger groups and accessibility.
- Improved air quality.
- Redesigned building façade and landscaping that echoes their important work.
- A connection to nature outside the building.
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Our 2021 Partners
Without these people & companies we wouldn't be able to organize and complete our 2021 Radical Renovations. Thank you to each of them!
Finished Project Slide Show
New Training Room
Button Blanket (1 of 4)
Moss Art in Training Room
New Board Room/Meeting Space
Upstairs Office Area
Upstairs Lighting and Hallway
Great crew, organization, and atmosphere.Past HeroWork Volunteer
I love being on Facebook and photo duty. Share the love and community spirit!Past HeroWork Volunteer
Great to see all the amazing effort that's gone into this transformation and kudos to everyone who stepped in to help others.Past HeroWork Volunteer
I am very moved by the whole experience & being part of an enthusiastic community effort.Past HeroWork Volunteer