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Wachiay Aboriginal Multimedia (WaMM), working out of the Wachiay Friendship Centre in Courtenay, BC, is now podcasting! "We intend to develop and air podcasts devoted to the stories, celebrations, programs, people, culture and goals of the Friendship Centre Movement across Canada." A few weeks ago we launched our first in-house produced podcast: ‘What’s Up at Wachiay’ - a weekly chat
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Daflos, P., CTV Vancouver, June 3, 2019 - 'Shameful and disgraceful milestone': Response to MMIWG report from Vancouver “‘It's finally good to have it acknowledged that what's been happening to us for the last 200 years is genocide,’ said lawyer, activist and professor Sharon McIvor." “McIvor says while she’s encouraged to see the report finally come to fruition, it’s going
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Indigenous Youth Leadership Training The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC), the Provincial Youth Aboriginal Council (PAYC) and the Port Alberni Friendship Centre (PAFC) are honoured to host Gathering Our Voices (GOV) 2019 on the traditional territory of the Hupačasath and Tseshaht First Nations. The purpose of the event is to unite youth throughout the country in learning, healing
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PHSA has released guidelines for an Innovation Fund dedicated to Indigenous women living with or at risk of HIV and HCV. This funding is for $75,000 per fiscal year, for 2018/2019 and 2019/20.   Proposals are due on Friday, September 14th and can be submitted to lauren.allan@bccdc.ca. Please use the attached proposal template  for submissions. Innovation Fund Guidelines
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The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres Membership elected a new Board of Directors at the 2018 Annual General Meeting. The AGM was hosted by Lilloet Friendship Centre Society in Whistler July 5-7th, 2018.The BCAAFC is pleased to announce the new Board of Directors: 1. President: Dr. Sharon McIvor, Conayt Friendship Society, Merrit2. Vice President: Joanne Mills, Fraser Region Aboriginal
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Cariboo Friendship Society part of provincial one million points of service milestone. The B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres said the province’s 25 friendship centres provide more than 400 programs. https://www.wltribune.com/news/cariboo-friendship-society-part-of-provincial-one-million-points-of-service-milestone/ #FC1million
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BC Friendship Centres hit milestone service delivery across BC with over one million points of service within a year.  The 25 Friendship Centres that make up the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres saw over 4,500 clients a week walk through their doors seeking services in a year. Read more here
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Preston collaborated with both the First Nations Health Authority, the Mètis Nation and the B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres to increase culturally safe access to cancer services for all Indigenous people.  The BC Indigenous Cancer Strategy outlines the partners commitment to improve the cancer journey from prevention to palliation for Indigenous people.  On behalf of the B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship
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This week we mourn the loss of the Hereditary Chief of Xwepsum, Esquimalt First Nation, who passed away this weekend.  In Lekwungen teachings, both Songhees and Esquimalt, the name of the deceased is not mentioned, and pictures are not displayed.  We acknowledge the Lekwungen teachings and raise our hands. On behalf of the B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, I extend our
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Friendship Centres across BC are hosting Indigenous poverty reduction consultations to inform the development of a BC Poverty Reduction Strategy, as committed to by the BC Government. These consultations are taking place over the course of February and March 2018 with a summary report being provided to the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. These sessions are free and
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