Awahsuk Family Drop-In Program

The vision of the Awahsuk Family Drop-In program is to prepare children for the beginning of their educational journey. The children will prepare for their futures in participation with their parents. The Family Drop-In is based around three main components: Education, Nutrition and Culture.

Awahsuk Family Drop-In Program Flyer
Awahsuk Family Drop-In Program Flyer

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Awahsuk Ceremonies

Awahsuk’s Annual Ceremonies

Awahsuk' Annual Salmon Ceremony
Awahsuk’ Annual Salmon Ceremony

 

Awahsuk has been holding it’s Annual Salmon Ceremony for many years. This ceremony is a month long process that allows the children to be apart of the same ceremony that the Coast Salish ancestors have been practicing for many generations. This ceremony is an honouring ceremony for the Salmon people that continue to bring nourishment to the people of the Fraser River.

 

Annual Drum Ceremony Winter Solstice Celebration
Annual Drum Ceremony
Winter Solstice Celebration

 

Our program has been going through a transformation in the past few years and we have been changing the way we do our programming. We have decided that, to better suit our cultural philosophy, we carry out a “Drum Ceremony” for our children instead of having a Christmas Party like we have done in the past years. The children were presented with their own drums by our Cultural Elder Fred John who drums with our children every month. Elder Fred talked to the children about how to keep their drums in a sacred manner and what it means to receive one, as well as saying a prayer and giving the drums a “voice.” The families were all present and involved in the ceremony as witnesses to this huge responsibility their child was given. We will continue this in years to come.

 

Yuxkwule Ceremony Grad Name Giving Ceremony
Yuxkwule Ceremony
Grad Name Giving Ceremony

During the Awahsuk Graduation Ceremony each child will be presented and “walking” in their new custom hand-sewn regalia. By the end of the year each child will have earned a Drum, Regalia and Ceremony Blanket through their hard work and achievements over the preschool year. Every sacred item we have is earned and we strive to educate our children in knowing that every goal reached did not go unnoticed; that we honour them for their persistence, strength and courage to accomplish their every goal and dream.

 

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We have moved!!!!!

Just an update to our community and partners….our move has gone well and programs are running.  Our phones number is the same: 604-595-1170.

Please come and see us at our new location, or email reception@frafca.org for more information.

New Address: 10095 Whalley Blvd. , Surrey BC

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Book Launch – Dr. Lisa Monchalin much awaited release of “The Colonial Problem”

The Colonial Problem: An Indigenous Perspective on Crime and Injustice in Canada 

By Dr. Lisa Monchalin (Criminology Faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

http://www.amazon.com/The-Colonial-Problem-Indigenous-Perspective/dp/1442606622

When: Monday, April 4th from 4pm to 7pm | Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Surrey Conference Centre: 12666 72 Ave, Surrey, BC V3W 2M8

Please see the Facebook event page for more details and updates:  https://www.facebook.com/events/175240266188821/

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The Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Center Welcomes the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Ruling (Jan 26, 2016)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO –  (Jan. 26, 2016) – The Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Center welcomes January’s ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal recognizing discriminatory funding practices to First Nations child welfare agencies on reserve. FRAFCA congratulates Dr. Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations for their strength and determined efforts in seeking justice for First Nations children in Canada.

Further, FRAFCA welcomes comments made by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould accepting the Tribunal’s ruling and in accepting the challenge of seeking equitable funding for child welfare agencies.

We believe that additional support for First Nations children and for all Indigenous children living in Canada must be a priority for all levels of government. Many Indigenous families served by Friendship Centres have relocated to urban centres due to lack of resources on reserve. We further welcomes this ruling as a first step in improving access to crucial social services as well as a call for improved funding.

“The Friendship Centre Movement continues to work hard for the betterment of Indigenous families in urban areas and welcomes this ruling as an opportunity to work with partners to ensure Indigenous children lead healthy and prosperous lives,” said Nelson Mayer, NAFC President.

FRAFCA offers its full support and commitment to working with First Nations, Aboriginal organizations, the Provincial, Federal and Municipal and the federal government to ensure safe futures for all Indigenous children.

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Special Members Meeting – March 8, 2016.

The Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre is pleased to invite our Members in Good Standing to a Special Members Meeting to provide a brief and present the Special Resolution (provided to members, and will be available at the meeting.

When:  Tuesday March 8th, 2016    Time:  4:00 pm    Place:  FRAFCA 6878 King George Blvd

 

* Registration begins at 3:45 pm

*Child-minding will be available during the meeting portion.

* light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

* please call Vera Charity to confirm your attendance by March 7, 2016.

 

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Surrey Social Innovation Strategy

Surrey Urban Aboriginal Initiative

The City of Surrey received funds from the British Columbia Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres to develop an Urban Aboriginal Social Innovation Strategy. A Leadership Committee has been established to guide the project. Chaired by Councillor LeFranc, the Leadership Committee includes:

  • Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS)
  • Cwenengitel Aboriginal Society
  • Fraser Health Authority (Aboriginal Health Team)
  • First Nations Health Authority (Fraser Salish Region)
  • Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre (FRAFCA)
  • Katzie First Nation
  • Kekinow Native Housing Society
  • Kwantlen First Nation
  • Kwikwetlem First Nation
  • Metis Child and Family Services
  • Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council (MVAEC)
  • Ministry of Children and Family Development (Circle 5)
  • Semiahmoo First Nation
  • Surrey RCMP
  • Surrey School District 36 (District Principal Aboriginal Education)
  • Xyolhemeylh Child and Family Services

The Strategy will identify issues, needs, and priorities of Surrey’s Urban Aboriginal community, and will assist in leveraging investments for Aboriginal organizations in Surrey.

The Leadership Committee, stakeholders and Aboriginal community members were engaged in the development of the strategiy including:

Research
development of priority issue fact sheets
Stakeholder Interviews
Community Consultation (Focus Groups and a Solutions Workshop)
The Strategy will be completed in late March 2016.

Have a look through the Corporate Report for more detailed information on the initiative.

– See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/community/18417.aspx#sthash.M8uExXK8.dpuf

All Nations Youth Safe House (ANYSH)

Safe house with six beds and meals for at-risk youth ages 16 to 18 of all nations. House is open 24/7 with overnight staffing, though youth have a curfew. Staff assist youth to locate job opportunities, training, housing, and schooling. Youth are encouraged to be goal oriented, and are supported with individualized case planning when appropriate. Accepts self-referrals. Youth must be 72 hours clean from hard drugs and alcohol, with no drug use at the shelter. Youth may stay up to 30 days. Wheelchair accessible but in limited capacity. Licensed facility.

Address: Surrey, BC
Mailing: Administration Office
A101- 10095 Whalley Boulevard
Surrey, BC V3T 4G1
Phone: 604-584-2625
604-996-9602
Fax: 604-580-2629
Email: kyla.bains@frafca.org

Strengthening Family Connections Outreach Worker

Our Family Connections Worker provides cultural, social, and emotional support to families whose children are preparing to enter the school district through weekly scheduled play groups located around Surrey. The position also provides outreach support, and cross cultural supports.
Address:A101 - 10095 Whalley Boulevard
Surrey, BC V3T 4G1
Phone:604-595-1170
Fax:604-595-1176
Email:theresa.olson@frafca.org

Community Action Program for Children (CAPC)

Taking Care of Your Children Tuesday 11:30—1:30 parents of children 2-4 years of age Please call Brenda or Theresa with any questions Having the full time job of being a parent can be very rewarding but also challenging. Parents sometimes feel physically and emotionally drained by their caring role and at times, they may question themselves about their ability to keep on coping. With the demands of being a parent, friendships can be difficult to maintain and parents can begin to feel socially isolated. Joining our support group can be a way of forming new friendships and having access to information and the wisdom of other parents who are also raising children in the same age group. Often in our support groups we organize social activities., workshop's, and outings. The support of others can assist parents to continue to have the energy to keep on being the parent their child needs. Postnatal Thursdays 11:30 –1:30 Parents of infants / Toddlers 0-2 years of age Please call Brenda or Theresa with any questions Having the full time job of being a parent can be very rewarding but also challenging. Parents sometimes feel physically and emotionally drained by their caring role and at times, they may question themselves about their ability to keep on coping. With the demands of being a parent, friendships can be difficult to maintain and parents can begin to feel socially isolated. Joining our postnatal support group can be a way of forming new friendships and having access to information and the wisdom of other parents who are also raising children in the same age group. Often in our support groups we organize social activities., workshop's, and outings. The support of others can assist parents to continue to have the energy to keep on being the parent their infant/toddler needs. Child Minding Available
Address:A101 - 10095 Whalley Boulevard
Surrey, BC V3T 4G1
Mailing:A101 - 10095 Whalley Boulevard
Surrey, BC V3T 4G1
Phone:604-595-1170
Fax:604-595-1176
Email:leah.bull@frafca.org