VAFCS has been providing quality programs and services to the Vancouver's urban, Indigenous constituents for over 50 years. Since incorporation the centre has moved a few times; it was previously located on West Broadway, Vine Street and due to growth, and to better serve Our People, the Centre is now located at 1607 East Hastings Street.
To provide practical tools for accomplishing our visionary ends through socio economic programs and services that empowers self reliance, responsibility, success and prosperity for all urban Aboriginal individuals, family and community.
To meet the needs of the urban Aboriginal Peoples making a transition to the urban community. The Centre provides programs in health and welfare, social services, human rights, culture, education, recreation and equality for all genders of Aboriginal Peoples of all age groups.
The Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (VAFCS) was founded in 1954 as the Coqualeetza Fellowship Club. The organization was created by a group of dedicated individuals, including Mabel Stanley, Hattie Ferguson, Chief Gertrude Guerin, Judge Alfred Scow, Margaret White, Senator Guy Williams, and Chief Simon Baker, to provide support and resources for Indigenous peoples living in Vancouver, British Columbia, and other parts of Canada.
In 1963, the organization officially incorporated under the name of the Vancouver Indian Centre Society. Over the years, the VAFCS has continued to expand and grow in response to the needs of the Indigenous community. In 1970, the organization relocated to a larger facility at 1855 Vine St, where it continued to serve the community until 1979.
Following a demographic survey of Vancouver, which revealed a concentration of Indigenous peoples between Cambie and Nanaimo Streets from 41st Avenue north to the waterfront, the VAFCS directors implemented a relocation plan. In 1979, the organization acquired a new location at 1607 East Hastings Street, which remains its current location.
Chief Simon Baker - Squamish Nation
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VAFCS recognizes and acknowledges that their office rests on the traditional and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples and supports all Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island.
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