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BC boosts Aboriginal friendship centre funding

BC boosts Aboriginal friendship centre funding

The BC government says a funding boost will mean better services for urban Indigenous communities.

Indigenous relations minister Scott Fraser has announced an additional $6.45 million for BC’s 25 Aboriginal friendship centres, more than tripling their funding.

The money also includes $100,000 more per year for operations of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres.

The centres provide services to 78% of Indigenous peoples who live off-reserve and in urban settings, including health care, employment, skills training and education, as well as supports for children and families, Elders and youth.

Vancouver-Mount Pleasant MLA Melanie Mark says Indigenous peoples living in urban areas have been left when it comes to discussions about the needs of Indigenous communities,

Approximately 50% of B.C. First Nations members live away from home communities.

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