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Programs

More than half of Indigenous peoples in Canada live in urban centres. Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples (UPIP ) was created in 2017, based on feedback received during the engagement on the Urban Aboriginal Strategy that took place in 2016.

UPIP is designed to assist First Nations (status and non-status), Inuit and Métis living in or transitioning to urban centres. An urban centre is considered to be an urban area having a population of at least 1,000 people and a population density of no fewer than 400 people per square kilometre. Funding is also available for organizations that serve rural and northern areas that act as hubs for those living on reserves or in smaller northern settlements. The Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan administers two funding streams under Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples (UPIP): Organizational Capacity (OC) and Programs & Services (PS).

Currently, the AFCS administers three programs out of the provincial office including the Organizational Capacity (OC) program, the Program & Services (PS) program, and the SaskCulture program. These programs supply core funding for the provincial office, the 11 provincial Friendship Centres and other Aboriginal organizations. The programs provide Friendship Centres with stable operational funding from which they could begin to access other funds from a variety of sources to address needs identified by their community.

The Organizational Capacity (OC) program provides core-like funding to Friendship Centres and other urban Aboriginal organizations so they can have a stable base from which to deliver programs and services that increase urban Aboriginal participation in the economy.

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The Programs and Services (PS) program provides project funding to organizations delivering a broad range of programs/services to urban Indigenous peoples.

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