Clarification Regarding Program Cuts

“Please be advised that the province has not announced any plans to cut OFIFC programs, including Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin and the Community Justice Program. The OFIFC continues to work to support effective and important provincially funded programs in Friendship Centres. Again, there have been no announced cuts to our programming.” -- Sylvia Maracle, Executive Director, OFIFC

OFIFC Statement on the Ontario NDP Platform

April 16, 2018 (Toronto, ON) – “I am pleased to acknowledge Andrea Horwath’s commitment to ongoing investments for Friendship Centres in the Ontario NDP’s recently announced platform.
“Of note, is the commitment to invest $28 million for urgent repairs and capital upgrades at Friendship Centres, plus an ongoing investment of $91 million over six years into 28 Friendship Centres.

OFIFC Statement on Budget 2018

Armand Jourdain, President, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

I am pleased to acknowledge the Government of Ontario’s commitment to ongoing investments for Urban Indigenous communities and Friendship Centres in the 2018 Budget.

Several areas within the Budget that will benefit urban Indigenous communities include supports for Indigenous education institutes, expanded investment in culturally relevant childcare, expanded mental health supports, and Indigenous supportive housing.

Launch event for the Restoration of Identity project: Turtle Sculpture coming to Nathan Phillips Square

Nathan Phillips Square will soon be home to a new Indigenous teaching, learning, sharing, and healing space in honour of Residential School survivors.

At a launch event Thursday evening, Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre shared that the centerpiece of this new space will be the Indian Residential School System (IRSS) Legacy Sculpture – a turtle in honour of Residential School survivors to be crafted by Anishinaabe artist Solomon King under Council Fire’s direction.

Opportunity for Youth to engage with Government of Ontario on future policy and programming: October 30

YouthVoiceON is the place where Ontario youth aged 15 to 29 can discuss the issues they are concerned about, from finding their first job to dealing with the justice system.

Youth can leave comments and questions on the website ( or through Twitter by mentioning @YouthVoiceON. Thoughts and ideas from youth will influence the creation and implementation of government policies that directly impact youth lives.

Apply now to the Master of Social Work in Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency at UofT

A first of its kind in North America, the University of Toronto is now offering a Master of Social Work in Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency (MSW-ITR). The two-year Master's program is dedicated to preparing advanced social work professionals to work with individuals, families, and communities who have been affected by historical and intergenerational trauma. 

Indigenous Culture Fund - applications due November 1

Applications are open for three funding programs under the Indigenous Culture Fund (ICF). The ICF was created to support Indigenous culture and ways-of-life. The fund includes three streams: small grants, project grants for organizations, and project grants for individuals, groups and collectives. Projects could include traditional medicine workshops, language immersion classes, youth leadership development, and more.


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