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(OTTAWA, ON – December 1, 2014) Today, the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) is pleased to announce an agreement with the Government of Canada that will provide funding directly to supporting the unique needs of Aboriginal people living in urban areas.
Through the Urban Partnerships program, the NAFC is receiving $17 million from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) to administer in support of community projects that will focus on promoting skills and training, entrepreneurship and supporting Aboriginal women, children and families.
“Our Government remains committed to enabling Aboriginal people in urban centres to take full advantage of the economic prosperity of our country,” said Benard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. “Through this target investment and collaboration with the National Association of Friendship Centres, we are helping to provide Aboriginal people with the support and opportunities they need to succeed in an urban environment.”
“Today’s announcement reaffirms our enduring partnership and is an acknowledgement of the rich history of success that Friendship Centres have achieved by working with like-minded organizations,” said Nelson Mayer, NAFC President.
The Urban Partnerships program is a collaborative approach that brings together the expertise of governments, Aboriginal communities, private and not-for-profit sectors to increase economic participation of Aboriginal individuals and communities in urban centres. This streamlined approach will result in more support going directly to community projects, initiatives, and services.
“This agreement is further recognition that Friendship Centres are effective service delivery organizations,” said Jeffrey Cyr, NAFC Executive Director. “This funding will lead to a number of new and exciting initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life for Aboriginal people living in urban areas.”
The Urban Partnerships program is part of the realigned Urban Aboriginal Strategy (UAS) announced on February 6, 2014, which consolidates previous urban Aboriginal programming into two new programs – Urban Partnerships and Community Capacity Support. The new strategy provides greater support to the NAFC for the delivery of programs and builds on Canada’s initiative to provide further opportunities of success for Canada’s growing urban Aboriginal population.
For more information on the Urban Partnerships program and the call for proposals please visit: http://nafc.ca/uas/
Click here to view AANDC’s news release.
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