Bridging Across Canada Database

Benefits for Friendship Centres

  • Easier and faster data entry
  • Reporting is automated – you only need to review and modify prior to sharing!
  • Custom-designed programs are created for each Friendship Centre
  • Centralizes information on infrastructure, partnerships, memberships and more!

What is the Bridging Across Canada database?

The Bridging Across Canada database application is designed by and for Friendship Centres. It empowers Friendship Centres to collect disaggregated data about their service offerings, centralizes data management, automates statistical reports and so much more.

The Bridging Across Canada database application started off as a pilot project funded through a Partnership between the NAFC, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, and Membertou Geomatics Solutions, an Indigenous-led company, responsible for the database development. In September 2023, the pilot project project came to an end. The administrative ownership of the database application has been transferred to the NAFC, effective October 1st, 2023, in recognition of its remarkable success.

Who is a part of the Bridging Across Canada database?

As of October 2023, the Atlantic region has five Centers on board, Saskatchewan hosts one Center, Alberta accommodates two Centers, and British Columbia has one centre actively utilizing the database, with numerous others expressing interest.


Membertou Geomatics Solutions

Membertou Geomatics Solutions is a commercially viable company for the Mi’kmaw community of Membertou that is responsible for the development of the Bridging Across Canada database. Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre and Membertou Geomatics Solutions have had an ongoing partnership for almost a decade. The BAC pilot project was built on this partnership to develop a database application that could be used by all Friendship Centres. 

Membertou Geomatics Solutions (MGS) Website 

Membertou Community

Membertou is an urban and progressive Mi’kmaq community located on Unama’ki – Cape Breton Island. With a strong focus on community growth through economic development, the spirit of Membertou is driven by its close-knit and vibrant people. 

Membertou Community Website 

Interested in learning more?
Friendship Centres

Would you like to join our database or are you looking for more information?

Fill out our Smartsheet Form and we will contact you as soon as possible.

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Stakeholders and Government Partners

NAFC is always looking for new partnerships and funding opportunities.

If you are interested in learning more about BAC or would like to partner with us, kindly complete our Smartsheet Form, and we will promptly respond to your inquiry.

NEW! Stakeholders BAC Brochure

Project Team

NAFC Data Team 

Andrew Macumber 

Senior Information Analyst 

Nathaniel Cummings 

Data Analyst 


Natalie Cahill 

Program Coordinator