Friendship Centre Movement Mourns the Loss of Jaynane Burning-Fields, Longtime Leader, Champion and Friend

[Ottawa, ON November 28, 2017] It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the Board of Directors of the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) offers their heartfelt sympathies and condolences to family, clan, friends and colleagues of Jaynane Burning-Fields who began her journey to the spirit world on November 26, 2017. “Not only has the Friendship Centre Movement lost a passionate and committed leader and champion, it has also lost a loving, kind and gentle friend,” stated NAFC Treasurer Chester Langille.

Jaynane began her illustrious career with the Movement more than 30 years ago as an invaluable employee with the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) and more recently as the Executive Director of the Niagara Regional Friendship Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. She also served the Movement in various other capacities including as a member of OFIFC’s Executive Committee and as the Ontario representative on NAFC’s Board of Directors. “Her contributions over the years have helped to strengthen and shape the Movement and she will be sadly missed by all those who knew her,” stated NAFC President Christopher Sheppard.

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The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) is a network of 125 Friendship Centres and Provincial and Territorial Associations (PTAs) from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Friendship Centres are Canada’s most significant off-reserve Indigenous service delivery infrastructure and are the primary providers of culturally enhanced programs and services to urban Indigenous residents. For over half-a-century, Friendship Centres have been facilitating the transition of Indigenous people from rural, remote and reserve life to an urban environment. For many Indigenous people, Friendship Centres are the first point of contact to obtain referrals to cultural based socio-economic programs and services.


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