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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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October 24, 2017 The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres is pleased to announce that the transition of the BCAAFC under the Societies Act is complete, including filing the new BCAAFC replacement Bylaws approved at the September 22, 2017, Annual General Meeting. The Transition Board is now in effect and includes: Annette Morgan, PresidentVictor Tom, Vice PresidentDr. Sharon McIvor, TreasurerCalvin Albright, SecretaryShyla
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The National Inquiry will be holding community hearings this week in Smithers BC at the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre Hall.  The Commissioners will be present at the public community hearings starting at 9:00am September 26 until September 28, and are scheduled to end at 5:00 pm each day.  The community hearings are open to the public to observe unless
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The BCAAFC congratulates Elijah Mack in his new role as the Executive Youth on the National Association of Friendship Center’s Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. Elijah Mack is 21 years old and resides in Merritt BC, but his origins are from the small village of Bella Coola, BC.  Elijah has lived in an urban setting the majority of
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For information on the communities impacted by the forest fire situation please visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BCAAFC/ Other useful links: Weather Updates - https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-23_metric_e.htmlRoad Conditions - https://www.drivebc.ca/Wildfires of note - https://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp
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Aboriginal affordable housing received a major boost today with the announcement of more than $53 million in provincial funding. The money will be used for eight housing developments throughout the province that will produce 378 units. The announcement was made at the Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association in Surrey, one of the housing providers chosen to receive funding. The
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The Honoring Our Elders award was created to recognize the amazing Elders in Friendship Centre communities throughout BC. It is an annual award that will be presented to one male Elder and one female Elder each year at the BCAAFC AGM. Each Friendship Centre in BC will be invited to nominate one male and one female Elder.   Nominations should include
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Leslie Varley, Executive Director of BCAAFC, the co-hosting agency, commented, “This level of commitment to the Gathering Our Voices reflects the increasing need for opportunities that positively reinforce Indigenous youth identity. We make every effort to accommodate as many youth as possible each year.” Community groups work hard year round to fund-raise for their youth to attend GOV. More than
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