If you have not heard already, the funding for the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal (NFCM) and the Inter-tribal Youth Centre (ITYC) have been revoked. KANATA members have discovered that the ITYC is effectively shut down due to lack of funds. We are very concerned for the future of these two organizations that do such wonderful work.
Here is a link to a story done by APTN: http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2012/03/23/native-friendship-centre-of-montreal-could-close-its-doors/
We encourage everyone to write a letters of support to advocate for the reinstatement of Aboriginal Friendship Centre Program (AFCP) core funding for 2011-2012 and beyond as well as for the Inter-Tribal Youth Centre under Aboriginal Peoples’ Program: Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth (CCAY). People have the power, and letters, especially individually written ones, do make a difference.
Here are a list of contacts that you can send your letter of support to:
1. Le Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec
2. Josee Goulet – Executive director of the regroupement
3. Edith Cloutier – President of the regroupement
4. National Association of Friendship Centres (their President is Jeff Syr).
275 MacLaren Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
The whole Friendship Centre Movement is funded by the department of Canadian Heritage.
15 Eddy Street
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M5
The minister of Canadian Heritage is James Moore.