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As of March 31, 2017 Urban Aboriginal Strategy (UAS) programs have "sunsetted" and been replaced with Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples (UPIP):

The Government of Canada seeks to contribute towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples through improved coordination, supporting coalitions, and the broadening and strengthening of programming by identifying and addressing local needs of all urban Indigenous peoples.

Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples (UPIP), implemented by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), funds and supports activities that allow Indigenous organizations to serve clients, and to deliver effective culturally appropriate programs/services to urban Indigenous peoples as well as invest in local stakeholder coalitions across Canada. It also provides opportunities for greater federal coordination of programming and supports research and pilot projects to better understand the urban Indigenous context.

UPIP has been introduced with four streams of funding:

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


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.

Through Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples (UPIP), the AFCS administers the Organizational Capacity (OC) program to provide core-like funding to Friendship Centres so that they can have a stable base from which to deliver programs and services. This stable base is also to be used to attract additional investments by being a platform from which other government programs, from all orders of government, can be delivered to the urban Aboriginal community.


Funding Eligibility Criteria

Organizational Capacity eligible recipients are Saskatchewan Friendship Centres that:

  • Provide a summary of the types of programs delivered, a brief background on your organization and contact information. Applicants are required to identify community partners and funders.
  • Operate in accordance with the OC program standards, policies and guidelines.
  • The OC program is not intended to supplement a shortage of funding under another program or initiative of any level of government.