Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples




More than half of Indigenous peoples in Canada live in urban centres. Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples (UPIP) was created in 2017, based on feedback received during the engagement on the Urban Aboriginal Strategy that took place in 2016. UPIP is designed to assist First Nations (status and non-status), Inuit and Métis living in or transitioning to urban centres. The BCAAFC administers funding to our 25 Friendship Centres across two streams of UPIP funding, Organizational Capacity and Program & Services. To learn more about UPIP Services click below.


For non-Friendship Centres to access INAC's new UPIP program click here


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Friendship Centres Across BC
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Million Dollars in UPIP Programs and Services Funding

Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples (UPIP)

 

Organizational Capacity

 

Organizational Capacity funding provided through the Federal Government, provides core dollars to support key positions within the Friendship Centres and to help cover costs of core expenses such as rent, utilities, ED Travel, etc.  Friendship Centres must be members of both the BCAAFC and the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) to be eligible to apply for this funding.

 

Each year Friendship Centres will submit an Annual Action Plan, and quarterly reporting reflecting the work being done, and support provided to the Centre from the Organizational Capacity funding.

 

2017/18 UPIP Final Report 

 

Program & Services

 

Program & Services is project based funding for all Friendship Centres in BC that submit a qualified and approved project proposal. 

 

Covering six individual project streams of Community Wellness, Vulnerable Populations, Outreach, Transition Services, Youth, & Women’s programming the goal of P&S is to fund and support activities that will allow Indigenous organizations to serve clients, and to deliver effective culturally appropriate programs/services to urban Indigenous peoples as well as invest in local stakeholder coalitions across Canada.  P&S will fund projects that support new and existing general programs and services that serve urban Indigenous peoples that address locally-identified issues, provided that they are not already funded or eligible to be funded by other departments or government.

 

The 2018/19 fiscal is the first full year of Program & Services funding.  Check back in the fall for updates on success stories and updates on Friendship Centre projects.

 

UPIP Recent News

Points of Service

BC Friendship Centres hit 1,000,000 million points of service across BC.

Points of Service

Milestone Points of Service Reached

UPIP Recent News

Health Programs

Health and Wellness Programs run the spectrum of programming in our Centres. From supporting someone through their cancer fighting journey, to aiding people to stop smoking, and providing mental health supports.

Health Programs

BC Friendship Centre Health Programs

UPIP Recent News

Culture

From language training, regalia making, cultural nights and community events; Friendship Centres provide space and events in which all people can participate.

Culture

BC Friendship Centres Culture

UPIP Recent News

Education and Training

128 dedicated programs, 37 professional development programs and 34 programs aimed at employment readiness

Education and Training

BC Education and Training

UPIP Recent News

Elders Support

Elders are a vital part of our Friendship Centres across BC and Canada. Whether they are delivery programs across BC, communities, attending events or participating in Elder conferences programming.

Elders Support

BC Elders Support

UPIP Recent News

Youth Support

39,000 youth served across BC, 46 youth/teen specific programs and 16 Friendship Centres running youth focused programs.

Youth Support

BC Youth Project Support

UPIP Recent News

Education and Training

128 dedicated programs, 37 professional development programs and 34 programs aimed at employment readiness

Education and Training

BC Education and Training

UPIP Recent News

Culture and Arts Projects

Last year, BC Friendship Centres hosted over 168 culture and arts projects

Culture and Arts Projects

BC culture and art projects

UPIP Recent News

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness Programs run the spectrum of programming in our Centres, from supporting someone through their cancer fighting journey, to aiding to stop smoking, and providing mental health supports.

Health and Wellness

BC Health and Wellness Support

UPIP Recent News

Anti-Violence

These programs targeted Bullying, Domestic Violence, Family Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Violence, Trafficking/Exploitation, Women’s Transition Centres, and Emergency Centres.

Anti-Violence

BC Anti-violence support