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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.

Gathering our Voices 2015


The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and the Prince George Native Friendship Centre will host the conference on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T'enneh in Prince George, BC from March 17-20, 2015. 

This conference will bring together over 1,000 youth (aged 14-24 years), chaperones, presenters and guests to network, learn new techniques and skills in workshops, share knowledge through cultural activities, witness performances by talented individuals, explore career and education possibilities, and participate in sports and recreation activities.

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NEW - BC Aboriginal Youth Social Enterprise Contest

Aboriginal youth are finding ways to build better futures for themselves and their communities. Through social enterprise, Aboriginal youth can develop a way to earn a meaningful living while bringing a much needed service or product to their communities in a way that also helps their communities and/or the environment.

This contest will highlight the social enterprises that Aboriginal youth are developing throughout BC and encourage other Aboriginal youth to develop businesses that help their communities.  The contest concludes with public presentations from contest finalists March 17 to 20, 2015 at the GOV 2015 conference in Prince George, B.C.   

For contest details......read more

Urban Partnerships - 2015/2016 Funding


The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015/2016 application time for the Urban Partnerships Program. 

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.


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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