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How Friendship Centres Are Supporting Communities During COVID-19
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
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COVID-19: April 17, 2020
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
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BC Friendship Centres Over Capacity
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
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Friendship Centres work to provide essential services during COVID-19 pandemic
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
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Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program: Changes to doula eligibility requirements
Media Release – British Columbia April 1, 2020 More Indigenous birth workers will have access to the Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program (DAFGP) under its new eligibility requirements. The program, delivered by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, provides Indigenous families living in BC up to $1,000.00 for doula support. Since 2013, the
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National Indigenous Languages Day
Thank you to all the Elders, knowledge keepers, speakers, and language learners working to revitalize, maintain and strengthen Indigenous languages. Whether you are just beginning or an expert, your efforts represent the strength of Indigenous languages, cultures, and traditions, despite colonial policies designed to silence them. Language resources FirstVoices (First Peoples’ Cultural Council) – a
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Leslie Varley and CBC Radio: What COVID-19 means for urban Indigenous communities
March 27, 2020 “First Nations communities are bracing for what will happen if COVID-19 reaches their doors. Some have declared their own states of emergency, and are banning outsiders to prevent COVID-19 from infecting their communities. But it is impossible to capture the full picture of Indigenous health in Canada without looking at urban Indigenous
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March 2020: Connecting online during physical distancing
Thank you to all the frontline workers and every community member doing their part to take care of one another during the challenges we are facing with COVID-19. The community efforts during this time have been heart-warming amid the concern and uncertainty we are all feeling. Physical (social) distancing and isolation affect everyone’s mental health
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Gathering Our Voices 2020 cancelled due to health concerns with COVID-19
Media Bulletin – British Columbia March 12, 2020 It is with heavy hearts and careful consideration that we cancel this year’s Gathering Our Voices (GOV) event, which was scheduled to take place from March 16 to March 19 on Secwépemc traditional territory in Kamloops, B.C. The decision to cancel GOV 2020 upholds the safety precautions recommended
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Gathering Our Voices 2020 and Health Concerns with COVID-19
Media Bulletin – British Columbia March 9, 2020 Gathering Our Voices (GOV) 2020 is set to kick off on Monday, March 16, on Secwépemc traditional territory in Kamloops, B.C. We are excited to host over 1,000 Indigenous youth delegates for four days of cultural celebrations, leadership workshops, and social events. Safety and health is always
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