Cariboo Friendship Society part of provincial one million points of service milestone

The B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres said the province’s 25 friendship centres provide more than 400 programs

https://www.wltribune.com/news/cariboo-friendship-society-part-of-provincial-one-million-points-of-service-milestone/

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BC Friendship Centres hit milestone service delivery across BC with over one million points of service within a year.  The 25 Friendship Centres that make up the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres saw over 4,500 clients a week walk through their doors seeking services in a year.

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Premier John Horgan meets with Friendship Centre House and BCAAFC staff in Prince Rupert.

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Preston collaborated with both the First Nations Health Authority, the Mètis Nation and the B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres to increase culturally safe access to cancer services for all Indigenous people.  The BC Indigenous Cancer Strategy outlines the partners commitment to improve the cancer journey from prevention to palliation for Indigenous people. 

On behalf of the B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, our hearts go out to his family, friends and colleagues.  He will be remembered, and we are lucky to have worked with him.

- Executive Director Leslie Varley

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This week we mourn the loss of the Hereditary Chief of Xwepsum, Esquimalt First Nation, who passed away this weekend.  In Lekwungen teachings, both Songhees and Esquimalt, the name of the deceased is not mentioned, and pictures are not displayed.  We acknowledge the Lekwungen teachings and raise our hands.

 On behalf of the B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, I extend our deepest condolences to the Thomas family and the Esquimalt Nation on their loss.  The late Chief was always welcoming, supportive, and generous with his time.  We have been very fortunate to live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen people.  We join our colleagues, friends, and family in remembering a leader, a teacher, an advocate for Indigenous rights and humble man.

  -Executive Director Leslie Varley

 

Friendship Centres across BC are hosting Indigenous poverty reduction consultations to inform the development of a BC Poverty Reduction Strategy, as committed to by the BC Government. These consultations are taking place over the course of February and March 2018 with a summary report being provided to the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. These sessions are free and open to community members to come and share their experiences, barriers and solutions with respect to reducing poverty amongst Indigenous people in BC.

For more information, please click here.

Board of Directors and Membership Meeting
February 16-17, 2018

The BCAAFC would like you to hold the date for the Board of Directors and Membership Meeting on the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish traditional territory.

For more information and for registration, please click here.

UAYC 2018 Youth Forum Registration Form – Deadline to register is December 15, 2017, at 3:30pm PST.

See the attached Gathering Our Voices Press Release, from October 27, 2017. 

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October 24, 2017
 
The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres is pleased to announce that the transition of the BCAAFC under the Societies Act is complete, including filing the new BCAAFC replacement Bylaws approved at the September 22, 2017, Annual General Meeting.
 
The Transition Board is now in effect and includes:
  1. Annette Morgan, President
  2. Victor Tom, Vice President
  3. Dr. Sharon McIvor, Treasurer
  4. Calvin Albright, Secretary
  5. Shyla Elgie, Youth Representative
  6. Fabian Alexis, Director at Large
On behalf of BCAAFC President, members and staff, we extend a warm welcome to the new Board of Directors.
Any questions can be directed to Ivy Shaughnessy, Executive Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Always in friendship,
Leslie Varley
Executive Director, BCAAFC