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The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) alongside the Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council (PAYC) are honoured to announce the Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society (KAFS) as the co-hosts for Gathering Our Voices (GOV) 2020, to be held March 16-20, 2020 on the traditional territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc.

For more information, please see our Press Release

On behalf of the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre’s Board of Directors and staff, we wish to extend our most heartfelt condolences to the Goodacre family for their loss.

The Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre strives to be a welcoming place for all people, and Bill Goodacre embodied this message in the way he lived his life.  Bill Goodacre dedicated over 20 years of voluntary service to the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre, working tirelessly as our President to enhance the lives of urban Indigenous people.

As a politician and a dedicated community member, Bill showed us how to live a meaningful life: Work with determination and integrity on what matters most to you. What mattered most to Bill was people, and he spent his life striving to make the lives of people in his community better.

Bill has been a true champion and advocate for human rights, social equality, justice and a powerful voice for reconciliation in our community. 

Bill will be forever remembered, by all of those he came in contact with at the Friendship Centre, for his ability to be both our esteemed leader and our dear friend.

Our thoughts are with the Dze L K’ant community

Dr. Sharon McIvor has been tirelessly fighting for Indigenous women and their descendants for over 30 years.  The United Nations Human RIghts Committee says Canada still discriminates against Indigenous women and their descendants and are obligated to remove that discrimination in the Indian Act.  

Dr. McIvor and her son filed a petition to the UN in 2010, and are now seeing the results of her ongoing support for Indigenous women and gender equity.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/indian-act-sex-discrimination-un-committee-1.4982330