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Newly Elected Board of Directors
The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres Membership elected a new Board of Directors at the 2018 Annual General Meeting. The AGM was hosted by Lilloet Friendship Centre Society in Whistler July 5-7th, 2018.The BCAAFC is pleased to announce the new Board of Directors: 1. President: Dr. Sharon McIvor, Conayt Friendship Society, Merrit2. Vice President:
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1 Million Points of Service – Cariboo
Cariboo Friendship Society part of provincial one million points of service milestone. The B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres said the province’s 25 friendship centres provide more than 400 programs. https://www.wltribune.com/news/cariboo-friendship-society-part-of-provincial-one-million-points-of-service-milestone/ #FC1million
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BC’s 25 Friendship Centres hits one million points of service per year
BC Friendship Centres hit milestone service delivery across BC with over one million points of service within a year.  The 25 Friendship Centres that make up the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres saw over 4,500 clients a week walk through their doors seeking services in a year. Read more here
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A Great Loss
Preston collaborated with both the First Nations Health Authority, the Mètis Nation and the B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres to increase culturally safe access to cancer services for all Indigenous people.  The BC Indigenous Cancer Strategy outlines the partners commitment to improve the cancer journey from prevention to palliation for Indigenous people.  On behalf of the
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Hands Raised in High Respect
This week we mourn the loss of the Hereditary Chief of Xwepsum, Esquimalt First Nation, who passed away this weekend.  In Lekwungen teachings, both Songhees and Esquimalt, the name of the deceased is not mentioned, and pictures are not displayed.  We acknowledge the Lekwungen teachings and raise our hands. On behalf of the B.C. Association of Aboriginal
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Indigenous Poverty Reduction Consultations
Friendship Centres across BC are hosting Indigenous poverty reduction consultations to inform the development of a BC Poverty Reduction Strategy, as committed to by the BC Government. These consultations are taking place over the course of February and March 2018 with a summary report being provided to the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.
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Press Release – Societies Act
 October 24, 2017 The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres is pleased to announce that the transition of the BCAAFC under the Societies Act is complete, including filing the new BCAAFC replacement Bylaws approved at the September 22, 2017, Annual General Meeting. The Transition Board is now in effect and includes: Annette Morgan, President Victor Tom, Vice
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The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Community Hearings of the Truth Gathering Process in Smithers,
The National Inquiry will be holding community hearings this week in Smithers BC at the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre Hall.  The Commissioners will be present at the public community hearings starting at 9:00am September 26 until September 28, and are scheduled to end at 5:00 pm each day.  The community hearings are open to
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Elijah Mack, new Executive Youth on the National Association of Friendship Center’s Executive Committee of the Board of Directors
The BCAAFC congratulates Elijah Mack in his new role as the Executive Youth on the National Association of Friendship Center’s Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. Elijah Mack is 21 years old and resides in Merritt BC, but his origins are from the small village of Bella Coola, BC.  Elijah has lived in an
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BC Wildfire Fight
For information on the communities impacted by the forest fire situation please visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BCAAFC/ Other useful links: Weather Updates – https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-23_metric_e.html Road Conditions – https://www.drivebc.ca/ Wildfires of note – https://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp
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