Elders Programs & Initiatives

Elders share traditions, knowledge, cultures and values. We are proud to support a variety of programs and initiatives that celebrate our Elders and provide opportunities for them to share their knowledge and connect with others.

Elders Gatherings
43rd Annual BC Elders Gathering (July 23-24)

Funding for Elders
Elders Transportation Program Application (Due by 4:30pm on Thursday, June 20, 2019)
Please submit applications to: adminassist@bcaafc.com

Connecting Elders and Youth 
The Elders Don’t Bite workshop provides a supportive space for youth to connect with Elders and exchange knowledge and ideas. The annual Gathering Our Voices: Indigenous Youth Leadership Training event is a wonderful reflection of the positive impact this engagement has on youth.

Elders Abuse Awareness and Prevention 
Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15)—
Find out what your local Friendship Centre is doing to raise awareness for Elder abuse and uplift the Elders in your community.

Elders Council Members

The BCAAFC Elders Council advises the BCAAFC Board of Directors and provides guidance and support within the Friendship Centre communities. The Elders Council also plays a key role in engaging youth at social and cultural events.

Marge White ‘Na-cha-uks’ | Huu-ay-aht

Marge has volunteered her time and services to almost every Indigenous organization in the Vancouver area, many of which she was a founding member.

Marge’s passion for improving the lives of Indigenous people has always guided her work. She has worked in many capacities throughout her life and is regarded by many as a dedicated advocate, trusted leader, and friend. Her social activism supports and empowers all those around her.

In 2018, Marge was appointed into the Order of Canada for her outstanding dedication to the community and service to others. Marge truly enjoys working with others to see success and her long list of achievements demonstrates this.

Basil ‘Buzz’ Morissette | Cree

Buzz has contributed to the well-being of Indigenous people in BC for over 50 years; acting as founding member or serving on the board of directors of more than 15 organizations.

Buzz is a role model for many young people who consider him a mentor and a trusted friend. He has demonstrated a compelling ability to work with anyone to make his visions a reality. Buzz feels rewarded by his community service in knowing that his work is worthwhile if it makes a positive difference in the lives of even one individual.

In 1996, Buzz received the Order of BC for his years of service and dedication to improving the lives of Indigenous people. He has been particularly influential in addressing harmful systemic barriers and increasing employment and education opportunities.

The Importance of Friendship | Past Elders Council Members