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Wally Samuel and Marjorie White recognized at Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council AGM
The BCAAFC Elders Council members are known for their commitment to helping others Read the Ha-Shilth-Sa article here: Know where you come from: Nuu-chah-nulth members recognized for commitment to their nations The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council’s annual general meeting (AGM) was hosted by Ahousaht on September 25, 2019. Several community members were recognized for their knowledge
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Indigenous Youth Leadership Training Needs More Funding
The annual Gathering Our Voices event only has half the funding required to support 2,000 youth Media Release B.C. — October 9, 2019 — Registration for Gathering Our Voices (GOV): Indigenous Youth Leadership Training sells out every year. The growing demand for the event speaks to the positive impact it has on the Indigenous youth
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Mental Health & Wellness Engagement Sessions
The BCAAFC has secured funding from the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions (MMHA) to conduct engagement sessions with service providers and service users in each Friendship Centre. These sessions will map existing wellness programs and identify program strengths, gaps and emerging priorities. Sessions are currently underway. Here is a look at upcoming engagement sessions:
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Ooknakane Friendship Centre | Just Like Paula Says
Penticton, B.C. — Ooknakane Friendship Centre (OFC) Mental Health and Addictions Program provides counselling services for anxiety, stress, family conflict, and addiction. OFC is one of 25 Friendship Centres located in BC. Friendship Centres are a place for guidance and support, emphasizing respect and compassion for one another in the delivery of their programs and services.
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Removal of sex-based discrimination from the Indian Act: descendants of First Nations women entitled to registration
Dr. Sharon McIvor launched her case to challenge sex-based discrimination in the Indian Act in 1989 Media Release B.C. — August 20, 2019 — The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) celebrates BCAAFC President, Dr. Sharon McIvor, for her dedication to removing sex-based discrimination from the Indian Act. On August 15, 2019, the Government
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BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres Announces New Board of Directors
July 2019 (VICTORIA, BC) – The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) elected three new board members with eight remaining on the board at the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Williams Lake on July 6, 2019. The BCAAFC welcomes three new board members to the board: Carol Camille, Lillooet Friendship Centre Society Tami Omeasoo, Vancouver Aboriginal
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What’s Up at Wachiay – multimedia for Friendship Centres
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
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BCAAFC President Dr. Sharon McIvor responds to MMIWG Report
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
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Gathering Our Voices 2019
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
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Women’s Innovation Fund
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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