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. 


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

The National Inquiry will be holding community hearings this week in Smithers BC at the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre Hall.  The Commissioners will be present at the public community hearings starting at 9:00am September 26 until September 28, and are scheduled to end at 5:00 pm each day.  The community hearings are open to the public to observe unless specified as private by families and survivors.

For more information, click here.

BCAAFC Releases Proposed BCAAFC Replacement Bylaws; to be voted on by the Membership at the BCAAFC AGM in Vernon, BC, September 22-23, 2017.  Click here for more information.

The BCAAFC congratulates Elijah Mack in his new role as the Executive Youth on the National Association of Friendship Center’s Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

The Provincial Board Meeting and Annual General Meeting will take place on the traditional territory of the Okonagan Nation from September 22nd - September 23rd. For more info on the shedule and accomodations click here.

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