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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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The BCAAFC is proud to collaborate with our partners at UVic to co-develop a custom MBA in Indigenous Reconciliation to support safer access to community social services for Indigenous people.   UVic has demonstrated a commitment to providing culturally relevant education and training opportunities through our collaborative work on the 3C Challenge, an entrepreneurship program that provided 700 Indigenous youth across
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British Columbia Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) with Battered Women's Support Services (BWSS) July 13, 2022 - Vancouver, B.C. - Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh) - The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and Battered Women’s Support Services, joined by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the Prince George Sexual Assault Centre, released a year-long
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Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction and British Columbia Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WHISTLER - The Province is investing $8.4 million to advance reconciliation in the B.C. community social services sector. "Non-profits promote connection and provide valuable community services across B.C., and they need to be available and accessible to all," said Niki Sharma, Parliamentary
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Download the PDF BC Association of Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) is seeking eight (8) adjudication committee members to support the distribution of the $5.34-million Indigenous Path Forward Community Funds to help end violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people(s). Committee members will reflect all femme-identifying and gender-diverse persons, persons with a disability, and represent urban and rural regions throughout the province. The BCAAFC
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May 2, 2022 We acknowledge the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples, the traditional keepers of this land, for allowing us to work, play, and reside on their traditional and unceded territory. BCAAFC is happy to have been part of the process in informing the B.C. Anti-Racism Data Act. BCAAFC hosted engagement sessions where representatives from B.C. Friendship Centres shared concerns, frustrations,
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April 11, 2022 We acknowledge the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples, the traditional keepers of this land, for allowing us to work, play, and reside on their traditional and unceded territory. BCAAFC is excited to develop and administer the Path Forward Community Fund, part of B.C.'s plan to end violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQ+ people. BCAAFC will manage the
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