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As of March 28, 2012 the Government of Canada announced the transfer of programs administered by the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). Beginning in the new fiscal year, February 6, 2014 – Federal Government announces decision on UAS Renewal.  Realigns AFCP, CCAY, YCW, and UAS into two new programs: Community Capacity Supports (CCS) and Urban Partnerships (UP). The NAFC views this transfer as a signal of a new relationship between the federal government and the Friendship Centre Movement and in bringing a renewed focus to urban Aboriginal issues.

Currently, the AFCS administers three programs out of the provincial office including the Community Capacity Supports (CCS) program, the Urban Partnerships (UP) 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 Community Capacity Support program (CCS) 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 broad objective for the Urban Partnerships is to increase the participation of urban Aboriginal people in the economy through a collaboration of efforts from multiple organizations and branches of government.

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