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Welcome to the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres

The Friendship Centre movement is built on community support, trust, strong leadership, tradition and faith and is mandated to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal Peoples throughout Canada.   Located in Victoria BC, the BCAAFC is the umbrella association for 25 Friendship Centres throughout the Province of British Columbia.

Urban Partnerships - update

The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) is requesting applications for the 2014-2015 Urban Partnerships Program.  The primary goal of this initiative is to create partnerships that support projects to reduce barriers and increase participation in the economy. Funded projects must be prepared to meet the goals and objectives of their proposal by the project end date; March 31st, 2015.

Applicants are eligible to apply for ONE of the three funding streams of Social Enterprise, Innovation or Youth.  

DEADLINE: All applications must be received at the BCAAFC no later than noon December 12th, 2014

For more details and to download the application documents click here.  

News Release:  BC Friendship Centres aid skills training

VICTORIA - The Province is teaming up with the B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) to support skills training and employment opportunities for urban Aboriginal people and youth.

Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad and BCAAFC President Annette Morgan have signed a protocol called “Improving Employment Outcomes for Off-Reserve Aboriginal Peoples”.   Read more....


Community Gaming Grants – Aboriginal Capacity Support Program

The Aboriginal Capacity Support Program was established to increase Aboriginal access to community gaming grants programs provided by the Province of BC.  The program provides resources and services to member Friendship Centres and Aboriginal not-for-profit organizations across the province.

For more information on Community Gaming Grants click here. 


First Citizens Fund



Student Bursaries

The First Citizens Fund Student Bursary Program provides funding to students of Aboriginal ancestry to help support their post secondary education. It is funded by the Province of British Columbia and delivered by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres.   more details...

Elders Transportation

To provide partial funding to Elders for travel costs related to the Annual BC Elders Gathering. more details...

Friendship Centre Program Directors 

The First Citizens Fund also contributes to the Program Directors employed at Aboriginal Friendship Centres in BC. Program Directors provide culturally responsive services for Aboriginal people living in urban areas. Program Directors provide a range of cultural, social and recreational programming that strengthens Aboriginal families and communities, and empowers individuals to reach their goals.


The Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference takes place in Prince George BC, March 17-20, 2015.  For more information on the conference and to access all the conference documents please visit the Gathering Our Voices website


Contact Us

BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
551 Chatham St.
Victoria, BC, V8T 1E1 Canada
Phone: (250) 388-5522
Fax: (250) 388-5502
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