As part of our mandate, the BCAAFC actively works with Friendship Centres, partner organizations, and government institutions to promote and advance initiatives to improve the quality of life for Indigenous people. Friendship Centres play an important role in connecting members of the community to these resources.

Learn more about initiatives – discover ways to get involved

Youth we want to connect young Indigenous role models with the resources available to help them accomplish their goals. Resources include student grants and bursaries, education and training opportunities, and events that promote collaboration and expand their relations.

Elders – Elders share traditions, knowledge, cultures and values. We are grateful for the guidance of the BCAAFC Elders Council and proud to support initiatives that provide opportunities for Elders to share their knowledge and connect with others, especially youth.

Ending violence – providing anti-violence education and training opportunities that address issues of violence against Indigenous people and promote a holistic approach to the healing of individuals, whole families, and communities.

Preventing human trafficking and sexual exploitationcreating opportunities for victims and at-risk individuals to voice their experiences and concerns regarding human trafficking and sexual exploitation of Indigenous people, especially women and children; and using this dialogue to develop strong tactics to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Off Reserve Aboriginal Action Plan (ORAAP) –  a multi-stakeholder initiative launched in 2011, included a protocol agreement between the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and the BCAAFC.

Maternal and child health – positive birth experiences and supported child and infant development are linked to the health and happiness of each child and family. Learn more about the Doulas for Aboriginal Families grant; Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP); and Aboriginal Supported Child Development (ASCD).

Holistic health and wellness – developing health plans that recognize Indigenous cultures and traditions. Health plans provide education opportunities that empower individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices and cover topics such as mental wellness, preventing substance abuse and suicide awareness.

Employment and training opportunities in alignment with initiatives under ORAAP, the BCAAFC supports the Aboriginal Non-Profit strategy (anpBC) and Northern Corridor Program to increase the number of Indigenous people in the workforce.