NAFC 48th Pre-Annual Meeting Workshops

Morning Sessions: 10:00am to 12:00pm (2 hours)

First-Time Attendees Workshop
Aspen/Birch Ballroom (Translation available) Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Presented by: NAFC Programs Team (Jennifer Rankin, NAFC Program Manager, Cayce Stewart, Program Assistant, Jaime Dube, Program Officer)

Membership participation at an Annual Meeting (AM) is an integral component of the Friendship Centre Movement. Voting delegates have the unique responsibility of providing guidance to the NAFC concerning its operations and strategic direction. This workshop will be facilitated by members of the NAFC Programs Team to provide participants with an overview of the NAFC as well as Annual Meeting procedures to ensure that those who are attending the Annual Meeting are comfortable and fully engaged.

Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples (UPIP) Workshop
Poplar IV (Four)
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Presented by: Department of Indigenous Services Canada (Annie Comtois, Manager of UPIP, Social Policy and Programs Branch and Brian Nahwegezhic, UPIP Senior Program Analyst)

This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to share with representatives from the Department of Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) their success stories and wise practices related to UPIP funding and the impact it has on urban Indigenous people and their community. It will also be an opportunity for participants to provide their perspective on the relevance, usefulness and challenges related to UPIP performance indicators.

NAFC Research & Project Updates
Room: Poplar III (Three)
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Presented by: NAFC Team (Shady Hafez, Research Advisor, Carey Calder, Partnerships & Stakeholder Engagement Manager)

The NAFC is pleased to provide the research related work that has been developed through the Partners for Engagement and Knowledge Exchange (PEKE) project with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network (UAKN) in partnership with Trent University. Participants will have an opportunity to review and provide feedback on the developed NAFC Research Framework & Screening Tools. This workshop will also include an update of the past CIRNAC activities and review of additional opportunities for engagement and dialogue for interested Friendship Centres.

Modernized Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) Workshop
Poplar II (Two)
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Presented by: Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) (Virginia Gluska, Policy Analyst Youth and Skills Innovation Directorate)

This workshop will be a discussion of the new Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS). The new Strategy has incorporated greater flexibilities so that service providers can better support youth who face barriers to employment. Discussion will focus on how First Nation (status and non-status), Métis and Inuit youth can be better supported on their pathways to labour market participation, including how to support First Nation (status and non-status), Métis and Inuit youth-serving organizations to get the best outcomes for youth. In addition, two other Government of Canada youth programs will be discussed: Goal Getters, a program designed to reach at-risk youth earlier to encourage high school achievement and transitions to postsecondary education, and the Student Work Placement Program (SWP), a program that supports the creation of work-integrated learning opportunities for post-secondary students to align the skills of graduates with the skill needs of employers in growing industries.

Lunch Break: 12:00pm to 1:30pm (not provided)

Afternoon Sessions: 1:30pm to 4:00pm (2 ½ hours)

Tapping into Tourism to Support Cultural Programming
Poplar III (Three)
Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Presented by: Friendship Centre Partners (Laura McGowan, Indigenous Tourism Development Officer, Alberta Economic Development, Tarra Wright Many Chief, Executive Director, Indigenous Tourism & Indigenous Tourism Alberta, Donna Webster, Executive Director, Lac La Biche Canadian Native Friendship Centre, Jeannette Hansen, Executive Director, Miywasin Friendship Centre)

Market demand for authentic Indigenous experiences is on the rise in Canada providing an opportunity to support your communities and generate revenue for your cultural programming. This session will dive a little deeper into the opportunity of tourism and the resources available to help your Friendship Centre get started. You will hear directly from the Lac La Biche Canadian Native Friendship Centre and the Miywasin Friendship Centre as they share their stories of how and why they are looking at tourism to support their youth and cultural programming.

Why the Urban Indigenous Voice Matters: An overview of Bill S-3
Poplar II (Two)
Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Presented by: NAFC Team (Carey Calder, Partnerships & Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Jordan Wapass, A/Coordinator)

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada’s (CIRNAC), “Collaborative Process on Indian Registration, Band Membership and Citizenship (Bill S-3)” and highlight relevant sections of the June 2019 Report to Parliament on the process. In addition to the overview, participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback on Bill S-3 and discuss how the Friendship Centre Movement can and will continue to play an important role ensuring the urban Indigenous voice is heard moving forward.

Leveraging Grant Funding for Friendship Centres
Aspen/Birch Ballroom (Translation available)
Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Presented by: Philanthropic Partners (Keetha Mercier, Program Manager Community Initiatives, Canadian Women’s Foundation, Kris Archie, Executive Director, Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, Tim Fox, Director, Indigenous Relations, Calgary Foundation)

Join this powerful discussion with charitable foundations that share their journey and commitment to reconciliation as a philanthropic organization to work with and develop positive relationships with Indigenous organizations and community. Presenters will share key examples of successful partnerships and provide insight and expertise to guide proposal writing, the grants process and relationship building.

NAFC 48th Annual Meeting Welcome & Opening Ceremonies
Aspen/Birch Ballroom
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

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