Aboriginal Friendship Centers
Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan - Home Page
Incorporated as a Non-profit organization for almost 15 years the Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan replaced the Saskatchewan Association of Friendship Centres. With our Corporate office located in Saskatoon the Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan continues to strive forward. Representing 12 Friendship Centres in the Province the Association is controlled by a board of directors consisting of 2 representatives from each participating Friendship Centre along with an elected Executive Committee.
(BCAAFC) British Columbia Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
Located on the Tsawout Reserve in Saanichton, the BCAAFC is the umbrella association for 22 Friendship Centres throughout the Province of British Columbia. Friendship Centres provide a number of quality services to the Aboriginal communities located in an urban setting.
NAFC Website (National Association of Friendship Centres)
The concept of a "Friendship Centre" originated in the mid-1950's. A noticeable number of Aboriginal people were moving to the larger urban areas of Canada, primarily to seek an improved quality of life. In an effort to address the needs expressed by their communities, concerned individuals began to push for the establishment of specialized agencies. These agencies would provide referrals and offer counselling on matters of employment, housing, education, health and liaison with other community organizations.