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PDF of Statement October 23, 2020 – We at the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) stand in solidarity with the Mi’kmaq people exercising their rights to fish and to a traditional livelihood, in the face of violence, vandalism and intimidation from commercial fishers. The attacks against Mi’kmaq fishers in Nova Scotia and the lack of intervention from law
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Media Release – British Columbia B.C. – October 20, 2020 – Over 1,000 Indigenous youth look forward to attending the Gathering Our Voices (GOV) leadership training event each year. The 18th annual GOV event was cancelled in March, just days before it was set to take place, due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in B.C. and across Canada.
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View Poster PAYC members are: AdvocatesCouncil members advocate for issues that are important to Indigenous youth, and are passionate about the future. MentorsCouncil members strive to be role models and help their peers share their voice and be heard. Change MakersCouncil members engage other youth in their communities and advocate for change they want to see. What does PAYC do?
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Passed on June 24, 2020 Change of Date to Annual General Meeting Due to the delays associated with the COVID pandemic and subsequent audit delays, the BCAAFC Annual General Meeting scheduled to take place on July 10, 2020 has been moved. The BCAAFC Annual General Meeting will now take place on: September 25, 2020. Detailed information for the meeting will
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Emergency room staff regularly play “Price is Right” when predicting blood alcohol level of Indigenous patients PDF June 19, 2020 —First Nations, Métis and Inuit patients seeking emergency medical services in British Columbia are often assumed to be intoxicated and denied medical assessments, contributing to worsening health conditions resulting in unnecessary harm or death. This is according to information obtained
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Notice of changes to the BCAAFC annual general meeting are as follows: Location: Online via Zoom Date: July 10, 2020 Time: 9:00AM – 4:30PM PST The BCAAFC does not have any special resolutions at this time. Zoom details will be distributed via email on June 25, 2020. These changes comply with provincial health orders and have been made for the
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The 25 Friendship Centres in British Columbia have been contributing to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people for almost 70 years. At the best of times, Friendships Centres work against high unemployment rates, cutbacks in government spending, and general economic uncertainty. Now, amid the global COVID-19 crisis, Friendship Centres continue to find ways to provide critical services with disproportionately
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No Emergency Funding for BC Friendship Centres Confirmed The 25 Friendship Centres located in British Columbia have not received any additional funding to support the increased need for Friendship Centre services during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The BCAAFC has requested emergency funding from the provincial government, no funding has been confirmed.  The National Association of Friendship Centres has submitted a proposal
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At this time, BC Friendship Centres have not received any additional funding to support the increase in requests for services from BC First Nations members during the COVID-19 pandemic.⁣⁣⁣Please know that each Friendship Centre is doing the very best they can to serve their urban Indigenous clients and community members in need, but are over capacity with reduced resources and
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Media Release Victoria, B.C. — April 8, 2020 — Friendship Centres are experiencing an increase in requests for services from First Nations communities and vulnerable populations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Collectively, Friendship Centres are the largest infrastructure serving urban Indigenous populations across Canada, providing services critical to the health and wellbeing of their clients for almost 70
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