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AFCS Initiatives & Projects

The AFCS assists the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) when required to take part in work that focuses on national and international issues and federal government matters. Such topics the AFCS may be asked to respond to include: health, social, education, employment and training, youth, women's issues, justice and nationhood. Since it would not be feasible for the NAFC to conduct research at a local level across Canada, the provincial/territorial associations including the AFCS facilitate the province wide initiatives. Some of the more recent initiatives that the AFCS has assisted in include:

Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative – National Survey

Diabetes is a key public health concern for Aboriginal peoples as Aboriginal peoples are three to five times more likely to experience Type 2 Diabetes than non-Aboriginal people.  Aboriginal peoples are also increasingly living in urban areas as Census 2006 reports that 54% of the total Aboriginal population in Canada live in urban areas, up from 50% in 1996.

McIvor – Indian Status Court Case & Exploratory Process

On December 15, 2010 Bill C-3: Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act received Royal Assent. The Governor in Council has announced that effective January 31, 2011, the Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act came into force.
This bill amends provisions of the Indian Act that the Court of Appeal for British Columbia found to be unconstitutional in the case of McIvor v. Canada. The bringing into force of Bill C-3 will ensure that eligible grand-children of women who lost status as a result of marrying non-Indian men will become entitled to registration (Indian status). As a result of this legislation approximately 45,000 persons will become newly entitled to registration. Read More >

Youth Tobacco Cessation Project

Since late 2009, the NAFC has been working on a Youth Tobacco Cessation Project, funded by Health Canada. This project has primarily been focussed on developing a new and improved youth tobacco cessation toolkit aimed at helping urban Aboriginal youth and their peers to quit smoking and chewing tobacco habits. The development of the toolkit is based on updating and improving a previous toolkit that the NAFC developed in 2005 - Everyone Loves a Quitter: Tobacco Cessation Toolkit. After consultations with a number of youth, recommendations were made to revamp the 2005 toolkit. A Steering Committee provides advice and oversight to this project. Read More >

NAFC Literacy Project

Set in motion in 2010, the objectives of the NAFC's Literacy Project are to: develop a culturally appropriate NAFC literacy assessment tool; develop a community based curriculum for application by local Friendship Centres and develop a 'Train the Trainer' strategy and manuals for local Friendship Centre use. Read More >

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