Building and Supporting Safe and Healthy Urban Indigenous Communities

Building and Supporting Safe and Healthy Urban Indigenous Communities

National Association of Friendship Centre’s Policy Position Statement on Addressing Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls.

This policy was developed using NAFCs policy development process and approved by the Board of Directors in July 2017.

Policy Position

The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) acknowledges the ongoing epidemic of violence against Indigenous women and girls and denounces such violence in all its forms.  The NAFC believes that violence against Indigenous women and girls is not just a women’s issue, rather it is a societal issue and as such responding to it requires a concerted and conscious effort on behalf of all Canadians including men and boys.

Additionally, it believes that eliminating violence requires the development of safe and healthy communities through the provision of culturally grounded and trauma informed programs and services that address both the immediate safety needs of women and girls but also the root causes of violence. These include but are not limited to programs related to, emergency support and crisis intervention, safe and affordable short-term and long-term sustainable housing, food security, justice, health and wellbeing, participation in the economy, education and lifelong learning, cultural development including the restoration of Indigenous languages, and programs aimed at supporting reconciliation by addressing issues such as colonialism, racism, and systemic discrimination.

Finally, the NAFC believes that the elimination of violence against Indigenous women and girls can only be achieved through the full implementation of the United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and through the full and collaborative response to the 94 Calls to Action tabled by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in June 2015.

Read the complete Policy Position Statement on Addressing Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls (pdf)

October 4, 2017 Press Release (pdf)

Policy Position Backgrounder (pdf)

Eliminate violence against Indigenous women and girls:  Invitation to Others (pdf)

Together for Equality for Aboriginal Women in Cities
Position paper by the Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec
https://www.rcaaq.info/images/Mémoire_RCAAQ_2015_Egalité_SCF_Anglais.pdf

Women’s Narratives from the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre:
Using Digital Storytelling to Inform Community-based Healing and Violence Prevention Programs
http://uakn.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/UAKN-SJNFC-Final-report-Ashley-Hong-MUN-v.6-3.pdf

Culture of Fearfulness? Connecting Patterns of Vulnerability and Resilience in Young Urban Aboriginal Women’s Narratives in Kjipuktuk (Halifax)
http://uakn.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/UAKN-Atlantic-Final-Paper_Culture-of-Fearfulness_-Connecting-Patterns-of-Vulnerability-and-Resilience-in-Young-Urban-Aboriginal-Womens-Narratives-in-Kjipuktuk_May2016-.pdf

 

To participate in the Sisters in Spirit Vigils, on October 4th, 2017, attend an event at your local Friendship Centre:

Alberta

  1. The Athabasca Native Friendship Centre Society: Walk 5PM.
  2. Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre: Candlelight vigil 7pm
  3. Grande Prairie Friendship Centre: Candlelight vigil 4pm, Feast 5pm
  4. High Prairie Native Friendship Centre: Candlelight vigil 7pm, Soup and Bannock
  5. Lac La Biche Friendship Centre: Candlelight vigil, moment of silence, poems, prayers and smudge 11am
  6. Red Deer Native Friendship Society: Candlelight vigil, sharing circle 6:30pm
  7. Hinton Friendship Centre: Vigil, speakers, supper, Jingle Dress Dancers and drummers 5PM
  8. High Level Native Friendship Centre: SIS Walk & Sharing Circle
  9. Sagitawa Friendship Society: Vigil 4:30

 

British Columbia

  1. Nawican Friendship Centre: Candlelight vigil 5pm
  2. Fort Nelson Aboriginal Friendship Society: Candlelight vigil, moment of silence, meal Oct 6th 5pm
  3. Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society: March, moment of silence, bannock and stew 5pm
  4. Lillooet Friendship Centre Society: Candlelight vigil, moment of silence 12pm
  5. First Nations Friendship Centre: Candlelight vigil, march, dinner 5:30pm
  6. Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre: Candlelight vigil, moment of silence 2pm
  7. Cariboo Friendship Centre: Candlelight vigil Oct 20th, film screening
  8. Port Alberni Friendship Center: candlelight vigil and tea 11am

 

Manitoba

  1. Brandon Friendship Centre: tipi dedication, walk, feast 4pm
  2. Portage Friendship Centre: Candlelight vigil, march, feast 11am 3pm, 6pm-7pm
  3. Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre: Moment of silence, lunch 12pm

 

New Brunswick

  1. Under One Sky Friendship Centre: Candlelight vigil

 

Newfoundland & Labrador

  1. Labrador Friendship Centre: Vigil, speakers, refreshments, faceless dolls 7pm
  2. St.John’s Native Friendship Centre: Vigil, moment of silence
  3. Bay St. George Mikmag: Candlelight vigil, opening prayers, song, pipe ceremony, moment of silence 7pm

 

Northwest Territories

  1. Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre: Candlelight vigil, moment of silence, march 3pm

 

Nova Scotia

  1. Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre: Sacred fire, prayer, moment of silence, feast. 5pm

 

Ontario

  1. Ininew Friendship Centre: Candlelight vigil, pipe ceremony, tobacco ties, sacred fire.
  2. Kapuskasing Indian Friendship Centre: Candlelight vigil 6pm
  3. N’Amerind Friendship Centre: Full Moon Ceremony 7pm
  4. Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre: Candlelight vigil, march, rally 5pm
  5. M’Wikwedong Native Cultural Centre: Vigil, Full Moon Ceremony 6pm
  6. Red Lake Indian Friendship Centre: March, candlelight vigil 7pm
  7. Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre: Candlelight vigil, march, moment of silence 7pm
  8. N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre: Moment of silence, prayer, song, feast 10am – 1pm
  9. Can-Am Friendship Centre: Candlelight Vigil, speakers, drummers 5:30pm – Dieppe Gardens

 

Quebec

  1. Val-dor Friendship Centre: Candlelight vigil, drummer, singer, moment of silence 6:30pm

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