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The United Native Friendship Centre (UNFC) was conceptualized in 1971, incorporated on January 31, 1973, and became a member of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) on February 25, 1973. 

The centre’s founding directors are Jim Windego, Henry Ottertail, Delores Roach, Jerry Woods, Cathy Bruyere, Frederick Burtrum, Joseph Whitehead, Ronald King, Charles Steward McCormack, and Willie Wilson.

Since its early beginnings the centre has grown from two to nineteen programs which are housed in three buildings in Fort Frances. Within the current programs are mini-programs and support staff that provides additional services. The centre has seventy five members and seven board members, as well as Elders who provide cultural and spiritual teachings. The Friendship Centre has formed other links to Aboriginal agencies in our community by creating partnerships with community service providers and having representation on boards and committees. These resources are required so the centre can maintain the four primary functions of counseling, education, social and cultural development that were outlined during the formative years of the Friendship Centre.

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