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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.


This week is about prevention and awareness and recognizing that violence against women happens at alarming rates in BC and our communities.  It is not just a womens issue.  It is an issue for everyone.  Our families, friends, communities, and our government must commit to end violence against women.

Domestic violence killed 113 women in B.C. from 2004 to 2014, according to the province, and more than 12,300 police-reported victims of intimate partner violence throughout the province in 2013.  Aboriginal women are five times more likely to experience domestic violence than non-Aboriginal women, and three times more likely than non-Aboriginal women to be killed by someone they know.

Many women fail to acknowledge or report the violence against them for fear, shame, financial dependence, and the accepted normalization of violence in their lives.  Women who have survived and escaped violence have long been the voices speaking out against the violence committed against them but true change requires both women and men to stand together to create safe homes and communities.

All women deserve to live without violence and feel safe in their homes and their community.  What will you do this week and every day to make our communities and province a safe place for all women?

Together, we can change the status quo and create a province where domestic violence and other forms of violence against women become a thing of the past.



The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres is looking for three young adult contractors to be part of a small, energetic team that, through Indigenous community-based research, inspires young Aboriginal people to reach their full potential.  These three full-time positions will be located in Victoria, with some travel required.  The contract term is one year in length, commencing May 2015.  This is a mentoring opportunity.  Over the term of the contract, we hope to work with our three young adults to advance their skills in facilitation, research and project management.  

For more details click here....

Urban Partnerships - 2015/2016 Funding


The 2015/2016 application time for the Urban Partnerships Program is now closed.   

The primary goal of this initiative is to create partnerships that support projects to reduce barriers and increase participation in the Canadian economy.

For more details click here.  

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.

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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