If you are a member of the media and are looking for comment, please contact Annie Aningmiuq (aaningmiuq@nafc.ca or communications@nafc.ca).

The official spokespeople for the NAFC are Jocelyn Formsma (Executive Director), and Christopher Sheppard (Board President). All requests must be sent through the Communications Team. The NAFC’s Communications Team works to raise awareness and support regarding the Friendship Centre Movement, as well as broadening the understanding of the Urban Indigenous experience across Canada. 

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Our Areas of Expertise 
  • Friendship Centres and the Friendship Centre Movement
  • Anything relating to Urban Indigeneity (issues, population, demographics, etc.)
  • Our research, please see here.  


Friendship Centre Stories

Here you’ll find stories and articles written in-house about Friendship Centres from across the country. If you have a story you’d like to tell, please send an e-mail to communications@nafc.ca


*New Posts*

We're Hiring!

April 29, 2020 — We're hiring several positions, please follow the link for further descriptions. The deadline to apply for each position is May 10, 2020. Apply by sending your resume and cover letter to careers@nafc.ca Partnerships Manager (build engagement networks and seek funding opportunities) Membership Officer (design training materials and capacity by which we’ll better serve our membership) Decent Work for Youth Officer...

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Friendship Centre Movement: in the news

April 29, 2020 — Friendship Centres are working hard to support their communities during COVID-19. Their dedication and compassion is what drives our Movement. Over the past several weeks, here are a few times Friendship Centres have been mentioned in the news.   Urban Indigenous organizations need more COVID-19 funding says NAFC [Future of Good] 'Disrespectful': Urban Indigenous population feels short-changed by federal COVID-19 response [CBC]...

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Mastercard Foundation Contributes $1 Million to FCM COVID-19 Response

April 16, 2020 — 1$ million contribution from Mastercard Foundation to help Friendship Centres serve urban Indigenous community The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) and the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre (MNFC) would like to acknowledge the generous contribution of $1 million from the Mastercard Foundation to support Friendship Centres and Provincial/Territorial Associations (PTAs) across the country as they navigate the COVID-19 response. “Friendship...

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Applications NOW OPEN: Investment Readiness Program

April 15, 2020 — The application period for Round 1 of the Investment Readiness Program (IRP) is now open! Find a guide on the application process, and information on eligibility here. If you have any questions that can't be answered by the information provided, please contact Shady Hafez, NAFC IRP coordinator.  Apply to the Investment Readiness Program by completing the following application. And submitting via e-mail...

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Request for Proposals: External Evaluation

April 9, 2020 — Request for Proposals: External Evaluation Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network Questions pertaining to this RFP may be directed in writing by e-mail to: shafez@nafc.ca and gmushyirahamwe@nafc.ca   Organization Background The UAKN is a community driven research network with a focus on urban Indigenous issues. Our goal is to contribute to a better quality of life for Indigenous peoples living in cities and...

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COVID-19: NAFC Resource List

March 30, 2020 — COVID-19: NAFC Resource List Updated: April 7, 2020 (Google Doc. updated daily)  Since the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic, the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) has been doing our best to navigate the response and support our network of over 107-member Friendship Centres and Provincial/Territorial Associations across the country. We are paying close attention...

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COVID-19: New Ways of Running Friendship Centre Programming

March 26, 2020 — COVID-19 New Ways of Running Friendship Centre Programming In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Friendship Centres have proven their commitment to their community members in finding new ways to reach them through social media and technology! Here are a few examples of what we've seen over the past several weeks; British Columbia Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centre: Helping to...

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COVID-19: NAFC Update

March 16, 2020 — COVID-19: NAFC Updates April 3, 2020 Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Friendship Centres and Provincial/Territorial Associations (PTA) across the country have been on the front lines, doing the best we can, with limited resources to support urban Indigenous communities. With the health, safety and wellbeing of our community members and Movement top of mind we think...

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Partnership with Future of Good

March 5, 2020 — We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Future of Good to publish pieces showcasing the people and innovation behind the Friendship Centre Movement. If you, your Friendship Centre or Provincial/Territorial Association has a story you'd like to share, please get in touch.  Our first piece is coming out this weekend, on International Women's Day. Make sure you...

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Canadian Indigenous/Native Studies Association (CINSA) 2020

January 30, 2020 — Well over one hundred Indigenous community leaders, experts, and decision makers are expected to gather at Trent University February 18-21 for CINSA 2020, a conference co-hosted by the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network (UAKN), the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at Trent University, and CINSA. This year’s conference will feature presentations, discussions, film screenings, and performances that highlight community-driven research...

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Gathering Our Voices

January 30, 2020 — From March 16-19, 2020, the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) and the Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society (KAFS) are honoured to host Gathering our Voices 2020 on Secwépemc traditional territory. Every year, Gathering Our Voices brings together up to 2,000 Indigenous youth delegates as well as chaperones, Elders, speakers, guests, entertainment, staff and volunteers. Young Indigenous people from across Canada are invited to join us to explore, to...

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Employment Opportunity Youth Coordinator

January 1, 2020 — Do you enjoy working for positive change on national matters? Does the thought of amplifying a range of voices to advocate for improved community well-being make you smile? We’re looking for someone to serve as our main point of contact for urban Indigenous youth coordination, organizing and development. Who we are: Friendship Centres are Canada’s most significant off-reserve Indigenous service...

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