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.