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PDF of Media Release October 4, 2021 – Friendship Centre organizations across BC will be distributing mobile phones to Indigenous women and girls who otherwise would not have access to cellular communication. Increasing accessibility to mobile communication is one part of BC Friendship Centres’ strategy to prevent violence against Indigenous women and girls and improve their safety. The phones will
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Newly Elected BCAAFC Board Members as of September 25, 2021: Dr. Sharon McIvor, President (Conayt Friendship Society) Elijah Mack, Vice President (Conayt Friendship Society) Calvin Albright, Secretary/Treasurer (Kermode Friendship Society) Diana Charlie, Youth Representative (Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre Society) Matthew Baran, Director (Ooknakane Friendship Centre) Fabian Alexis, Director (North Okanagan Friendship Centre Society) Tami Omeasoo, Director (Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre
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PDF of Statement September 13, 2021 – The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) stands in solidarity with healthcare workers, and patients accessing care. BCAAFC believes in our inherent collective responsibility to take care of one another. We ask that those choosing to protest outside hospitals fully consider the harmful impacts of their actions on those providing care during
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Download the Survey Poster The purpose of this research project is to gather community feedback regarding the consultation process on the British Columbia Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (BC DRIPA). This research project is being conducted by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) Policy Unit. Answers to this survey will be used to formulate a
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We need as many people as possible fully vaccinated to best protect our Elders, knowledge keepers, children, families, and neighbours. Please visit http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/register to register for your vaccination. We raise our hands in high respect and appreciation for the Friendship Centre staff, partners, health care workers and volunteers who gave their time and energy to create a safe and welcoming
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August 27, 2021 PDF of Statement After careful consideration, we are saddened to announce that the Gathering Our Voices: Indigenous Youth Leadership Training event will not return in 2022. This decision was not made lightly—we know the connections made at Gathering Our Voices are invaluable, and we have greatly missed the passion, knowledge and joy shared by the Indigenous youth
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The next election will take place virtually on Thursday, September 23, 2021. Click here to download the PAYC Candidate Application Form (fillable form on page 3)
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The BCAAFC Annual General Meeting is scheduled to take place Thursday, September 23, 2021, to Saturday, September 25, 2021, on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam people in Richmond, BC. Voting will take place in person at the event. If you have any questions or concerns, please email govcoordinator@bcaafc.com.  Thank you,  BCAAFC Board of Directors
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Download a PDF of the RFP 1. INTRODUCTION 1.1 PURPOSE The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) is requesting submission of proposals from experienced, qualified consultant(s) to conduct an evaluation of the Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program (DAFGP) through research and engagement with current and past participants in the program. 1.2 BACKGROUND Since 1972, the BCAAFC has been
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The British Columbia Association of Friendship Centres Presents Murray Porter Solo on July 1st, from 2 pm/PDT to 2:30/PDT. In these challenging and trying times, let's take a moment to pause and reflect on all that we've been experiencing as Indigenous People in Canada...the sadness about the news of the Children who never made it home from residential schools. Let's
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