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21 HOURS PER WEEK - PERMANENTThe Seniors Outreach Worker Program is operated by the North Okanagan Friendship Centre Society, which is a non-profit society, working to enhance the lives of Indigenous seniors in the North Okanagan. Outreach is an activity of providing services to any populations who might not otherwise have access to those services. A key component of outreach
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Hyatt Regency Apology Letter - PDF March 16, 2023 The BCAAFC welcomes the apology from the General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Vancouver hotel. While the Hyatt Regency’s immediate response was disappointing and deeply troubling, we are grateful that the hotel is now taking steps to address this incident as seriously as it should. We honour the humility that the
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PDF of Statement March 10, 2023  The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) and First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) are calling for swift action following the racist and disturbing mistreatment of a First Nations man who is a beloved Cultural Advisor and staff member of the BCAAFC by the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. We call on the Hyatt Regency to
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The pilot project for the decriminalization of illicit drugs in B.C. does not adequately address the unnecessary loss of lives due to the poisoned drug crisis. February 1, 2023 PDF of Statement The toxic illicit drug crisis impacts everyone, and disproportionately impacts Indigenous peoples and our urban communities. While we support the urgent need for drug reform in this country,
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JOB OPPORTUNITYDatabase Administrator, Full-time (35 hours/week) The BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS) is a Centre of Excellence for Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care (IELCC). We are looking for an IELCC Database Administrator to manage, maintain, and enhance our IELCC funding database and administrative systems. Position SummaryReporting to the IELCC Project Manager, the successful candidate will support the IELCC
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Attn: Indigenous Consultants and Contractors The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) is the umbrella association for the 25 Friendship Centres throughout the Province of British Columbia.  Our mission is to advance the Friendship Centre Movement in BC through advocacy and the delivery of programs and services that support the growth and prosperity of our member centers and urban
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December 2, 2022 PDF of Statement The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) and Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) stand in deep and full solidarity with the families of Rebecca Contois, Morgan Beatrice Harris, Marcedes Myran, and a fourth victim who has not yet been identified. We also stand firmly with Crane River First Nation, where Rebecca was a
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October 17, 2022   Gathering Our Voices 2023: Sold Out in 3 Minutes!  Victoria, British Columbia – October 17, 2022 – The annual Gathering Our Voices (GOV) Indigenous Youth Leadership Training event has sold out! Tickets for the event sold out within 3 minutes of opening registration. Thank you to everyone who registered! If you didn’t get a chance to register,
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From November 6 to 12, we challenge you to walk ONLY 1,000 steps a day to help recognize the barriers faced by millions of Canadians who have a mobility disability. Imagine a daily limit of 1,000 steps or less to get to work, the grocery store, a doctor’s appointment, or a social event – how would this impact your life?
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Media Release B.C. – August 31, 2022 – The Gathering Our Voices (GOV): Indigenous Youth Leadership Training event brings together over 1,000 participants from across British Columbia and Canada to learn from Indigenous leaders, celebrate culture, share knowledge, and foster relationships to create positive change within the lives of Indigenous youth and their communities. GOV 2023 is scheduled to take
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