Due to a February 6th, 2014 announcement by the Government of Canada to eliminate the Aboriginal Friendship Centre Program (AFCP), core funding that Friendship Centres have been receiving for over 40 years is in jeopardy effective April 1st, 2014. The lack of adequate notice of changes to this long term funding relationship has jeopardized the ability of many BC Friendship Centres to properly plan for transition.
The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) welcomed a renewed and enhanced partnership with the Government of Canada in a major funding shift announced today, expressing their enthusiasm in playing a greater service delivery role for urban Aboriginal people in Canada.
The Friendship Centre movement is built on community support, trust, strong leadership, tradition and faith and is mandated to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal Peoples throughout Canada.
Located in Victoria BC, the BCAAFC is the umbrella association for 25 Friendship Centres throughout the Province of British Columbia.