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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.

Well done, Cindy!

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