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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.

Urban Partnerships - update


“The new Urban Aboriginal Strategy [UAS] is a strategic framework implemented by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada [AANDC] to address urban Aboriginal issues in the multijurisdictional and multi-stakeholder environment of Canada’s urban centres. 

Here in British Columbia the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) is administering the Community Capacity Support (CCS) program and the Urban Partnerships (UP) program.   

The BCAAFC has forwarded initial payments to CCS approved agencies but is now waiting for AANDC to sign the contract for the UP program before moving ahead.  

Please watch our website for further updates.  

News Release:  BC Friendship Centres aid skills training

VICTORIA - The Province is teaming up with the B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) to support skills training and employment opportunities for urban Aboriginal people and youth.

Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad and BCAAFC President Annette Morgan have signed a protocol called “Improving Employment Outcomes for Off-Reserve Aboriginal Peoples”.   Read more....


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.


The Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference takes place in Prince George BC, March 17-20, 2015.  For more information on the conference and to access all the conference documents please visit the Gathering Our Voices website


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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