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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 communities.  More than 60 per
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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 and emotional well-being in different
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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 by provincial health authorities to
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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 first and foremost in our
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The BCAAFC Elders Council members are known for their commitment to helping others Read the Ha-Shilth-Sa article here: Know where you come from: Nuu-chah-nulth members recognized for commitment to their nations The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council's annual general meeting (AGM) was hosted by Ahousaht on September 25, 2019. Several community members were recognized for their knowledge sharing, advocacy, and leadership, including
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The annual Gathering Our Voices event only has half the funding required to support 2,000 youth Media Release B.C. — October 9, 2019 — Registration for Gathering Our Voices (GOV): Indigenous Youth Leadership Training sells out every year. The growing demand for the event speaks to the positive impact it has on the Indigenous youth who attend. Unfortunately, while demand
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The BCAAFC has secured funding from the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions (MMHA) to conduct engagement sessions with service providers and service users in each Friendship Centre. These sessions will map existing wellness programs and identify program strengths, gaps and emerging priorities. Sessions are currently underway. Here is a look at upcoming engagement sessions: October 2, Port Alberni Friendship
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Penticton, B.C. — Ooknakane Friendship Centre (OFC) Mental Health and Addictions Program provides counselling services for anxiety, stress, family conflict, and addiction. OFC is one of 25 Friendship Centres located in BC. Friendship Centres are a place for guidance and support, emphasizing respect and compassion for one another in the delivery of their programs and services. Together, Friendship Centres see approximately
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Dr. Sharon McIvor launched her case to challenge sex-based discrimination in the Indian Act in 1989 Media Release B.C. — August 20, 2019 — The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) celebrates BCAAFC President, Dr. Sharon McIvor, for her dedication to removing sex-based discrimination from the Indian Act. On August 15, 2019, the Government of Canada removed the 1951
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July 2019 (VICTORIA, BC) – The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) elected three new board members with eight remaining on the board at the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Williams Lake on July 6, 2019. The BCAAFC welcomes three new board members to the board: Carol Camille, Lillooet Friendship Centre SocietyTami Omeasoo, Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre SocietyKerry Chelsea, Cariboo Friendship
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