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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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March 30, 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 pleased to support the Action Plan of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. This government-wide initiative unanimously supported by all parties and focused on action
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March 24, 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 welcomes today's news of a $34-million Recovery and Resiliency Fund for non-profit groups in the province, which includes $5 million specifically allocated to Indigenous-led organizations. There are 25 Friendship
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For Immediate Release February 24, 2022 Traditional and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation (West Vancouver BC) and Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ nations, (Victoria, BC) - The Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA) and BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) support the integral steps towards reconciliation found within BC Budget 2022. However, the budget falls short
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The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) and Battered Women's Support Services (BWSS) are conducting a research study about Indigenous women's experience of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) during the COVID-19 pandemic and how easy or difficult it is for them to access culturally safe services and resources. You can share your experiences through one or both options: An anonymous
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PDF of Statement November 19, 2021 – BC Friendship Centres are responding to the current impacts of the climate crises in British Columbia. Catastrophic flooding and landslides have caused widespread damage resulting in the displacement of thousands of people, loss of life, evacuation orders for 62 dairies, and the closure of major highways and railways. Merritt, BC, is under a
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PDF of Media Release October 18, 2021 – There has been a dramatic increase in intimate partner violence against Indigenous women since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. An Indigenous-led survey entitled “Intimate Partner Violence against Indigenous Women in BC: Unintended Impacts of COVID-19”, will provide information to improve support services for Indigenous women, and their children, who are facing
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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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