About Us

Welcome to the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC)

The Friendship Centre Movement is built on community support, trust, strong leadership, tradition and faith. Mandated to improve the quality of life for Indigenous people across Canada—the Friendship Centre Movement serves all people working towards a brighter future.

Located on the Traditional Territory of the Lkwungen-speaking peoples in Victoria, BC, the BCAAFC is the umbrella organization for the 25 Friendship Centres throughout the province. Friendship Centres provide services to Indigenous people living in urban settings and hold space for all members of the community to celebrate culture, share knowledge, and connect with others.

Each Friendship Centre is unique to its landscape and plays an important role in the community it serves.


 

Our Mandate

The BCAAFC is a registered society within the province of BC.

The purposes of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres are:

  • To promote the betterment of Friendship Centres in the Province of British Columbia.
  • To establish and maintain communications between Friendship Centres and other Provincial Associations and the National Association of Friendship Centres.
  • To act as a unifying body for Friendship Centres. To provide an association for government agencies to communicate through and obtain information from. This, in no way takes away a Friendship Centre’s right to negotiate directly with any agency.
  • To advise the government, as requested by the collective centres.
  • To support the development of programs to improve the quality of life for Indigenous people living in BC.

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