BC Association of Aboriginal
Friendship Centres

The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) is the umbrella organization for Friendship Centres across B.C.

Friendship Centres are not-for-profit, Indigenous-led, social service organizations that work to promote, develop, and deliver accessible programs and services that support Indigenous peoples living in urban areas and away from home.
They provide a wide range of wraparound programs and services to communities—youth, child and family wellness, employment and training, education, health, economic development, language, culture and arts, preventing violence, sport and recreation, and community outreach.
BCAAFC promotes the betterment of Friendship Centres in B.C., maintains communication between Friendship Centres, other provincial associations and the National Association of Friendship Centres, and supports the development of programs to improve the quality of life for Indigenous people living in B.C.

Programs & Services

“If it wasn’t for meeting your staff and the referrals to training at the Friendship House and being referred to your daycare and preschool, I would not have been able to get my driver’s license and certificates for my new job and a new apartment. You are a lifesaver. We attended your Christmas dinner and my children so appreciated the gifts you gave them. We also attend the Friendship House community events. We love this place.”

– Newcomer now living in Prince Rupert

Careers at BCAAFC

Our Friendship Centres

There are 25 Friendship Centres across B.C. Together they represent over 1,200 employees, 600 partnerships, and 1,000,000 client interactions each year. Find your local Friendship Centre and get involved in building community by volunteering, donating, or participating in events!


Students who received post-secondary funding administered by BCAAFC in 2022/23


Staff (from 17 different Friendship Centres) who access training through BCAAFC in 2022/23


Attendees at the 2023 Gathering Our Voices conference—selling out in under 5 minutes


People who achieved employment through our Employment, Life Skills & Training Program


BCAAFC is a proud member of the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC). Thank you to the NAFC Team for their guidance, advocacy, and support. We are so grateful for everything you do and we are so proud of the shared success of our growing urban Indigenous family.