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Welcome to the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres

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.

NEW - BC Aboriginal Funding Conference for First Nations and Aboriginal organizations - September 23-25, 2015

Registration is open for the BC Aboriginal Funding Conference for First Nations and Aboriginal Organizations taking place in Victoria, BC on September 23-25, 2015.

Hosted by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, this event will bring together sixty federal, provincial, public, and private funders to share their funding opportunities with 400 BC First Nations and Aboriginal organizations.If you are a First Nations or Aboriginal organization seeking funding for new or existing programs and services this event may be for you.

Registration Website: https://funding-conference.bcaafc.com/

For further information please contact Della Preston dpreston@bcaafc.com or at 250-388-5522 or 1-800-990-2432


Economic Empowerment of

BC's Aboriginal Youth

A Research Project of BCAAFC's 'Five by Five' Aboriginal Jobs Strategy

Welcome!  Economic Empowerment of BC’s Aboriginal Youth is a youth driven project grounded in community based research. It is designed to give youth, Friendship Centres, employers, academia, and other stakeholders the opportunity to discuss ways to support Aboriginal youth in achieving success in employment and education.  For more information....

Community Gaming Grants – Aboriginal Capacity Support Program

The Aboriginal Capacity Support Program was established to increase Aboriginal access to community gaming grants programs provided by the Province of BC.  The program provides resources and services to member Friendship Centres and Aboriginal not-for-profit organizations across the province.

For more information on Community Gaming Grants click here. 


First Citizens Fund



Student Bursaries

The First Citizens Fund Student Bursary Program provides funding to students of Aboriginal ancestry to help support their post secondary education. It is funded by the Province of British Columbia and delivered by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres.   more details...

Elders Transportation

To provide partial funding to Elders for travel costs related to the Annual BC Elders Gathering. more details...

Friendship Centre Program Directors 

The First Citizens Fund also contributes to the Program Directors employed at Aboriginal Friendship Centres in BC. Program Directors provide culturally responsive services for Aboriginal people living in urban areas. Program Directors provide a range of cultural, social and recreational programming that strengthens Aboriginal families and communities, and empowers individuals to reach their goals.

Urban Partnerships - 2015/2016


The 2015/2016 application time for the Urban Partnerships Program is now closed.   

The primary goal of this initiative is to create partnerships that support projects to reduce barriers and increase participation in the Canadian economy.

For more details click here.  

Contact Us

BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
551 Chatham St.
Victoria, BC, V8T 1E1 Canada
Phone: (250) 388-5522
Fax: (250) 388-5502
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Good sense is no scents.