Friendship in Motion

Urban Indigenous Summit

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The NAFC is happy to announce we are hosting the Friendship in Motion: Urban Indigenous Summit to be held December 5-7, 2022 at the Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec.

Please join the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) as we gather our members and friends on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation in a summit focused on urban Indigenous capacity building, knowledge sharing and action planning.

Purpose of the Summit:

The purpose of the Summit will be to provide opportunities amongst the FCM and our partners for information/knowledge exchange capacity building and action planning on matters that are relevant to Friendship Centres.  This event provides an opportunity to showcase the Friendship Centre Movement (FCM), the incredible work of Friendship Centres and raise the profile of our work.

Registration is Required:

We require formal registration for this event. The deadline to register is November 21, 2022. Please register for the event through the following link registration link at:

Onsite registration up until the event will be available based on capacity.

If for some reason, you are unable to register or require assistance, please let Carolyn Hunter know and she will ensure you are registered to attend. Contact by email at

Member Friendship Centre/PTA Participants:

The NAFC will sponsor one (1) participant from each member Friendship Centre and/or PTA. 

Please find attached a travel request form for your NAFC sponsored participant to reserve their airline ticket at least 14 days in advance as this will result in significant costs savings and to reserve their hotel accommodations.  Deadline to submit the travel request form is November 21, 2022.

The contact for travel is Mel Maracle, contact by email at

Non-Friendship Centre Participants:

Registration rate for non-Friendship Centre participants is $400, which includes all meals during the event. Funds will be collected through PayPal.

Meeting Location and Hotel Accommodations:

Location: Hilton Lac Leamy, 3 Bd du Casino, Ottawa, QC J8Y 6X4
Telephone: (819) 790-6444
Guestroom Rate: $195 plus applicable taxes
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received by the reservations departs at the Hilton Lac Leamy 72 hours prior to arrival. The cut-off date for reservations is November 21, 2022
Check in time: 4:00 pm
Check out time: 11:00 am

If you have any questions or need any further information, please email Mel Maracle.

We hope you will be able to join us for the Friendship In Motion summit on December 5-7, 2022.


Simultaneous translation in both Official Languages will be provided during the Summit.


Proceedings of the summit will be recorded and photographs will be taken and shared on all the NAFC social media outlets.

Call for Presenters:

The purpose of the urban Indigenous summit will be to provide opportunities amongst the Friendship Centre Movement and our partners for knowledge exchange, capacity building and action planning on matters that are relevant to Friendship Centres.

This will be a good opportunity to showcase the incredible work of Friendship Centres, and raised the profile of our work, especially in light of our discussions regarding returning to an Evergreen agreement. We are also planning to do some training and provide support for some direct advocacy.

The NAFC has also issued a Call for Presenters.  Some of the topics for proposed presentations may include new program development, communications and outreach strategies, working with governments, best practices in justice, health, social economy, social enterprises and advocacy, fundraising and proposal writing, data collection and analysis, research and ethics, MMIWG2S+, Gender Based Analysis and leadership.

If your Friendship Centre and or PTA is interested in being a presenter, please refer to the following link: Application Form 
Submission deadline: November 14th, 2022, at 5:00 PM EST.

If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Hunter by email at


The NAFC is hosting an Advocacy Day as part of the Friendship In Motion Summit. The idea right now is that we will be setting up a series of meetings with Political Parties, Members of Parliament, and the Canadian Senate. We want to provide the opportunity for FCs and PTAs to speak directly to their federal representatives in the House of Commons and Senate. While we actively and consistently speak with the federal government, MPs, Ministers, and the Senate, we thought this was a good opportunity for the PTAs and FCs to speak directly and demonstrate that we are a truly national movement with broad reach and depth.

Participation is optional, of course, but we wanted to make sure that we were providing the opportunity and supporting the preparation should any FC or PTA be interested.

The NAFC is working on developing some briefing documents, key messages, and a training session that we will offer to FCs and PTAs who will be joining us for the Advocacy Day following the Summit. Of course, we know many FCs and PTAs are quite savvy at lobbying and advocacy and we hope to tap into that expertise as part of the training and materials. We also hope for some knowledge transfer amongst the FCM so that we can help others who are looking for this kind of capacity building.


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SUMMIT CONTACT:                      Carolyn Hunter



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