Bridging Across Canada – Pilot ProgramIndigenous youth

Help us shape the future of urban Indigenous funding and programming in Canada!

What is the Bridging Across Canada Database project?

A secure and user-friendly centralized database used to collect, store and report data from Friendship Centres across Canada. 

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 for you on infrastructure, partnerships, memberships and more!

Why Data Collection Matters

  • Identifies emerging issues and showcases successes
  • Visualizes the needs of our community members
  • Supports an urban Indigenous story telling approach
  • Highlights the essential work carried out by Friendship Centres

How will the Data be Used?

  • To help identify priorities, bridge gaps in programming, set targets, and hold governments accountable
  • To develop action plans that are relevant to the needs of community members
  • To respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action
  • To leverage funding and obtain additional grants

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By Indigenous for Indigenous

The Bridging Across Canada Database project is a collaboration between the National Association of Friendship Centres, the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre, and Membertou Geomatics Solutions–owned and managed by Membertou First Nation.

For more information on the Bridging Across Canada Database project, please send an email to


Bridging Across Canada Brochure

Bridging Across Canada Brochure


Data Working Group

The Data Working Group is hosted by the National Association of Friendship Centre’s and involves working with the Provincial/Territorial Associations and Friendship Centres to assist in the design and implementation of a National Data Strategy. The National Data Strategy would define what data we collect, how we collect, how we store and how we share our data. 

Data Working Group Brochure NEW!

Data Strategy Brochure


Community Led Data Collection

Community-led data collection is Friendship Centres collecting disaggregated data about their service offerings and leveraging that data to drive beneficial community outcomes.

Urban Indigenous people have complex and intersecting identities that can only be captured through the sub-categories provided by disaggregated data. For example, the reality of a sixty-six-year-old Urban Indigenous woman is very different from that of a seventeen-year-old urban Indigenous man.

The aims of this initiative are to document best practices for respecting a Friendship Centre's data sovereignty, develop the regional reporting capacity of the Bridging Across Canada database application and design valuable data findings to support advocacy at the local and national level.


Community Led Data Collection Brochure NEW!

Community Led Data Collection Brochure



Andrew Macumber
Programs, Data Analyst