Building bridges between Indigenous & Non- Indigenous Manitobans.
Rural & Urban Participation in the Economy.
Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles for Youth.
Teaching our Cultures & Promoting Reconciliation.
Parenting & Children's Programs for all Manitobans.
Innovation, Training and Employment.
Friendship, Goodwill, and Partnership.
We have all needed a helping hand in our lives, especially in urban communities. Start a cycle of positive change by helping others. The giving spirit grows exponentially with each person it impacts.
In Friendship Centre’s work, gender equity is central to success. Men and women must work side by side in equally respected roles and responsibilities for a family to create a better future.
Everyone has something to contribute. Our actions create big change that affects everyone. Remember that the fight to end calamity & poverty calls us all to action.
Sharing & Caring
We can solve community problems if everyone commits to sharing resources and caring for others. Take the time and energy to actively show that you care through helping others.
Manitoba Friendship Centres
Projects & Services
OUR PROGRAMSInvesting in our Communities.
A Friendship Centre run program is a set of strategically connected projects aligned with a long-term commitment that empower Indigenous and Non Indigenous people to achieve socially, economically and environmentally secure livelihoods. Because our programs are constructed to address the specific needs of an urban area, they can vary in size and geographic scope. They can exist within a single city, or span across the Province to help as many people as possible. This focus on scalability allows our work to have the greatest, most lasting impacts possible.
Our programs are designed to unify our smaller projects to address large-scale, regional challenges. Each initiative is developed using a community approach.
TYPES OF PROGRAMS
WHAT WE DOFor over 50 years Friendship Centres have empowered people to change their lives.
For generations, we have provided resources, supports, and training for struggling families in order to give them a chance to change their circumstances. But solving racism, cultural neglect, and poverty on a wide scale requires focus on sound, community-based work aligned with a long-term commitment to achieving self-reliance.
Each community supports the people who live there in different ways. Recognizing this, we have developed our guiding principles to serve as the foundation for community growth. By applying these fundamental values to each project, we have seen significant strides in improving the quality of life for people every year since the early 1950’s with access to income, education, culture, health care and child care.
We’re all part of communities, from the family level to the global level, so we must be accountable for our actions. Take responsibility for your place in the world.
Short-term fixes don’t solve long-term problems. With the right training and education, we can build strong, healthy communities that can stand up to the challenges of ignorance and poverty.
Training & Education
We work with families as they learn a new way of living. Each of our clients goes through extensive training and opportunities for employment, so that they can build a sustainable way of life.
Our common belief lies in the value of all life, a sense of connectedness to the Earth and a shared vision of the future. We are all connected by our actions and our efforts.
HONOURING OUR ELDERSThe 50+ year legacy of our founding & lifetime members.
Manitoba’s Friendship Centres have played an integral role in the advocacy and activism for Indigenous rights & freedoms, while the Friendship Centre Movement has inspired leadership and community development for decades. Friendship Centres offer Elders programs, Community Events for Seniors, Lifetime Member Recognition, Shelters & Volunteering/Services, and even space to visit, socialize, and offer advice to the younger generations.
PROTECTING OUR CHILDRENProviding Education, Health, Safety and Culture
An element of safe and sustainable communities is the strengthened individual, family, and community well being. This requires effective social and community support that is inclusive, holistic, and culturally safe. We have a long history of promoting and supporting children, young people and families, working together to improve circumstances for everyone.