In Canada, 70 percent of the Aboriginal population lives in urban centres. Led by Sylvia Maracle, Friendship Centres were created as a way for First Nation, Inuit and Métis people to adjust to an urban environment by maintaining their sense of cultural identity while seeking employment or education. In helping to balance or reconcile different world views they have evolved into innovators of genuine cross-cultural exchange, forging power and confidence among its members to participate in Canadian society while earning respect for their distinct Aboriginal cultures.
The Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres is a provincial non-profit organization representing the collective interests of 29 member centres located in towns and cities throughout the province. Download 104K PDF
Sylvia Maracle talks about key success factors that helped shape her organization, which she joined in 1974.