North West Friendship Centre

 

About the Centre

 

The North West Friendship Centre is located in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan and was incorporated since December 10, 1973. The Executive Director of the Centre is Gladys Joseph who is a long supporter of the Friendship Centre Movement. As well as being the Executive Director of the Friendship Centre she is also the Treasurer for the AFCS.

The North West Friendship Centre has been in existence since 1971. The Centre originally began as a drop in place, where people could come together and socialize in an atmosphere where all were equal and accepted.

In 1973, the Society was registered and became incorporated under the Societies Act. In June of 1981, a continuance under the Non-Profit Corporations Act was applied for and approved.

As the need for more structured programs and services arose, a Board of Directors was established, and to reflect the clientele the Friendship Centre serves, the board was comprised of 4 Treaty positions, 4 Metis positions and 1 non-Native position. As options were explored, government grants were secured to hire Native people to administer programs and services.

The Centre's first offices were contained in various small outlets. In 1978 it was able to purchase an old church with a $25,000 grant from the Department of Secretary of State. The expanded facilities enabled the Board of Directors to increase programming, thus creating more jobs within the community.

Due to increased demand by the community for services and programs, it became necessary to purchase a larger building. In 1986 a $274,000 grant was secured from the Secretary of State to purchase and renovate the current facility.

Aims and Objectives


  • The North West Friendship Centre Inc. is built and operated on the principle of creating and operating various programs aimed at promoting and improving mutual understanding, community spirit, and community involvement between peoples of varying ancestry;
  • To promote understanding and appreciation of the native fact in the town of Meadow Lake and generally encourage Aboriginal people in contributing to the Social, Economic, and Cultural community fabric of Meadow Lake;
  • To assist Aboriginal people wishing to establish residence in the town of Meadow Lake and assist those already established in the advancement of their general welfare;
  • To develop programs and activities encompassing the counseling, referral, recreation, education, social, and economics related areas.

Programs and Services


  • Personal and Family Violence Prevention Program
  • Teen and Young Parent Program
  • Family Support Services
  • Healthy Babies Right from the Start
  • Aboriginal Courtworker Program
  • CCAY Program
  • Personal Income Tax Preparation
  • Referrals and Information
  • Commissioner of Oaths to witness legal documents
  • Clerical services - typing, photocopying, resume development, completion of some applications
 
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