The Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Center Associated is located on the shared, unceded Ancestral lands of the Katzie, Kwantlen, Kwekwetlem, Qayqayt, Semiahmoo, and Tsawwassen First Nations. We lift our hands and hearts in thanks for Fraser Salish people that share their lands with 12900 Indigenous People in Surrey, and the 50000 Indigenous people that call the Fraser Valley home.
We became British Columbia's newest Friendship Center on November 23, 2012. As a friendship center, we are now a part of a large network of sister agencies that collectively work to improve the lives of Indigenous people in our local community, provincially and nationally. This connection to our provincial association (BCAAFC) and National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) provides a support structure and opportunities in a strategic and coordinated way. Additionally, The British Columbia Aboriginal Association of Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) provides links to resources, program funding and program development. This linkage ensures FRAFCA is ready to move forward on national and provincially funded programs secured by the BCAAFC and NAFC.
Prior to becoming a friendship centre, we started as Surrey Aboriginal Cultural Society in the early 1990’s and eventually became Kla-How-eya Aboriginal Centre of SACS. This grass roots organization provided social programs and services for aboriginal people in Surrey. Over the years, the organization supported many First Nations’, Metis and Inuit people.
Becoming the Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association was the final transitional step in our journey to contribute to the well-being of Indigenous People in Surrey and the surrounding areas.
As an organization, we are often a first point of contact for Indigenous people seeking services and supports. To this end, we are working to build a continuum of care for people from birth to death and welcome feedback and guidance from our members on new programs and new roads we should take. Moreover, we work in a culturally relevant and safe way, honoring the diverse lived experiences of Indigenous people who come from nations across Turtle Island. Our approach and philosophy is to bridge the best of both Western and Traditional knowledge to provide a place of support, healing, and advocacy. We also celebrate Indigenous Identity and worldview - which is often lacking in mainstream services and work very hard to ensure that our community is treated in a fair and respectful way.
We hope you will come by and check out our many programs and connect with our staff.
meet our board
Kari Hutchison Kari Hutchison
Janet Hanuse Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre
Cal Albright Kermode Friendship Society (Terrace)
Elaine William Cariboo Friendship Society (Williams Lake)
Meet Our Elders
Marjorie White (Marj) Elder Advisor and NAFC Senator
Meet Our Executive Director
Joanne Mills Executive Director
Meet Our Management Team
Theresa Anderson Finance and FRAFCA Facility Manager
Patsy Melenchuk Contracts Manager Accountant
Vanessa Hickman Awahsuk Facility/Family Drop-In Manager
Meet our Administrative Team!
Annette Christopher Executive Assistant