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Fort Smith youth centre closes doors
A massive overhaul in federal funding to friendship centres across Canada has left no organization unaffected, including some in the NWT that are struggling to keep youth programming running.
The government of Canada announced in February that funding to the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) would be “streamlined” from four programs into two, totalling $43 million per year to be shared with centres across Canada over the next two years.
While one of those streams – the core funding – began flowing as of Apr. 1, the second has yet to be finalized. And with the overhaul cancelling the $1.1-million Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth (CCAY) initiative outright, many centres are now in a tight position when it comes to youth programming.
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