Fonds 94-010 - National Association of Friendship Centres fonds.

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National Association of Friendship Centres fonds.

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  • 1973-1991 (Creation)
    National Association of Friendship Centres

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3 m of textual records (14 boxes)

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The Friendship Centre movement grew from the local level initiatives of groups and individuals who helped natives cope with life in urban centres from the 1950's. Formal funding for the Centres at the Federal level of the Secretary of State began in 1972 with the Migrating Native People's program. The name of the program was changed to the Native Friendship Centre Program in 1982. The National Association of Friendship Centres itself was established in 1972. It is a non-political, non-profit organization. It has a four-person executive committee elected each year at the Annual General Meeting attended by delegates from the provincial-territorial associations and individual friendship centres. The NAFC coordinates funding and acts as central information liason between the Secretary of State and other government bodies and the provincial-territorial associations.

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This fonds was in the custody of Gary Peters, a member of the National Association of Friendship Centres, until the fonds was donated to the Trent University Archives.

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This fonds consists of papers, correspondence, minutes of meetings, reports and financial statements relating to the National Association of Friendship Centres. The records identify the relationship between the native-aboriginal friendship centres and the Secretary of State, and, the relationships between the national organization and the provincial and territorial federations and local Native Friendship Centres.

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This fonds was donated by Gary Peters.


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Associated material located in the Library and Archives Canada and the Archives of Ontario.

For related records see: The Canadian Association in Support of Native Peoples fonds, Native Crafts Board fonds and the Indian-Eskimo Association fonds.

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Box 1

  • Newsletters, scattered, 1983-1991

Box 2

  • Orientation Manual, 1988 Program Evaluation, 1988 Program Evaluation Framework, 1983

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  • Annual General Meetings, 1973, 1978, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, minutes, resolutions, workshop and program information. Youth Conference, 1991, program information

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  • Ontario Federation of Native Friendship Centres, correspondence and annual general meetings

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  • Native Women's Association of Canada: Constitution and mandate, Strategy Plan


1: Correspondence

2: Bill C-31

3: Solicitor General: Women in Conflict With the Law Constitution Thirteenth General Assembly, minutes and reports, 1987

Box 6

Reports: Survey of Friendship Centres' Programs and Services Native Friendship Centre Program 1983-1988 Native Friendship Centre Program, Criteria and Guidelines, 1985 NAFC submission to First Nations Inquiry Into Child Care, 1989 NAFC, "Preparing for the 1990s" NAFC Directory, 1983 NAFC, brochure, n.d. Presentation to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples The Friendship Centre Movement 30th Anniversary [1988] NAFC Statistical Summary, 1987 "Aboriginal Friendship Centre Programme" prepared by NAFC negotiating team, 1987 The Native Friendship Centre Programme, n.d. "Projet d'Etude de la clientele et Des Besoins susceptibles de Presider a l'implementation d'un centre d'amité Innu a Sept-Isles" [1986] Department of the Secretary of State, Expansion of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, Overview of Project Plan, 1989 The Friendship Centre Movement address list, 1991

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1: NAFC logo contest, 1987

2: General Correspondence, 1987-1988

3: Assembly of First Nations

4: NAFC core funding application, 19187-1988

5: Secretary of State, correspondence

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9: Secretary of State Meeting With the Minister, 1986

10: Secretary of State, correspondence

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12: Solicitor General, correspondence, 1985-1986

13: Employment and Immigration consultation paper on training

14: President's and coordinator's workshop, 1983

15: NAFC, Board of Directors Meeting, June 1984

16: " Sept. 1984

17: " Nov. 1984

18: " Apr. 1985

19: " Jul. 1985

20: " May 1986

21: " June 1987

22: " Sept. 1987

23: " May 1988

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1: NAFC, Board of Directors Meeting, Sept 1988

2: " Feb. 1989

3: " May 1989

4: " Jul. 1989

5: " Sept. 1989

6: " Jan. 1990

7: " May 1990

8: " Jul. 1990

9: Presidents and Coordinators Meeting, May 1991

10: Board of Directors Meeting, May 1991

11: NAFC, Executive Committee Meeting July 1984

12: " Aug. 1984

13: " Oct. 1984

14: " Feb. 1985

15: " June 1985

16: " May 1985

17: " June 1985

18: " Dec. 1988

19: " Dec. 1989

20: " May 1990

Box 9

  • Substance Abuse Issues; Justice Issues

Box 10

  • Aboriginal Language and Literacy Issues

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  • Local Friendship Centres: New Brunswick, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec

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  • Local Friendship Centres: Yukon, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia

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  • British Columbia (cont'd)

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  • Health Issues Race and Multiculturalism Issues

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