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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.

Funding Streams

UPIP has four streams of funding:

  1. Organizational Capacity (Administered by AFCS to Saskatchewan Friendship Centres))
  2. Programs and Services (Administered by AFCS to Saskatchewan Friendship Centres)
  3. Coalitions
  4. Research and Innovation

Organizational Capacity (OC)

This stream offers core funding for up to five years to Friendship Centres to deliver programs or services to urban Indigenous peoples. Core funding covers the day-to-day operating costs of an organization, like staffing of key positions, utilities, rent, etc.

The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) receives funding through the INAC for the Organizational Capacity (OC) Program. Each Provincial/Territorial Friendship Centre Association administers the OC program. PTA’s are regional affiliates of the NAFC.


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

Programs and services

This stream provides project funding for up to five years to organizations that deliver programs and services to Indigenous peoples in urban areas. Projects that focus on these six key areas will be considered for funding:

  1. women (such as projects to help women transition out of shelters)
  2. vulnerable populations (such as projects for persons with addictions, disabilities, seniors)
  3. youth (such as projects that provide land-based activities, mentoring)
  4. transition services (such as navigator services)
  5. outreach programs (such as cultural awareness training for non-Indigenous organizations)
  6. community wellness (such as housing plans or studies, anti-racism, pre-employment supports)


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



Organizational Capacity (OC) call for Applications will be conducted by the Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan (AFCS) on behalf of the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC).

  • 1. Are you currently a Friendship Centre in the province of Saskatchewan in good standing with the Provincial Territory Association, Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan?

  • 2. Do you currently deliver at least 2 programs and services not already funded by the Department of Indigenous Services Canada?

  • 3.

You are not eligible. 

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