Rob Diether at the Stemete7uw’i Friendship Centre, which is looking to join the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres. Brendan Kyle Jure photo.

Stemete7uw’i Friendship Centre in 100 Mile House is looking to join Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres

Joining the BC Association will make receiving government funding more possible

The Stemete7uw’i Friendship Centre is trying to join the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) in the near future and after that the National Association of Friendship Centres.

“I think it’s really critical that we are members of the BC Association and I fully expect that we will be accepted as members,” said Rob Diether, the centre’s program host and coordinator.

Diether said the matter will be brought up at the BCAAFC’s meeting on July 5 and believes they will consider the Stemete7uw’i Friendship Centre’s request, where afterwards a formal application with supporting documentation demonstrating that they are actually running as a friendship centre will be handed over.

BCAAFC was founded to establish and maintain a link between provincial friendship centres and the national organization and to advise and create a dialogue with government agencies, such as programs that may help Indigenous people in the province.

For a friendship centre to join the provincial body, they must have existed for a year and contribute regularly to the community they are located in. A centre must also work with multiple organizations throughout its service area.

July 17 will signify the Stemete7uw’i Friendship Centre’s third year of operation.

With three years of operating already, Diether said that the centre was too busy with the day-to-day running of the centre to put anything together. He also said the centre wasn’t clear on what the process was to become a member of the provincial body until now.

“Being a member of the B.C. association I think will qualify us for better core-funding, which is really what this centre needs to continue operating,” said Diether.

He also believes being a member would be a good credential to have, especially when it comes to any sort of governmental dealings, such as the centre’s rejected proposal to the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs for a sufficient budget to run the centre for a year.

“It was turned down on the basis that we weren’t members of the B.C. association, so it’s just taking all this time to gather that,” said Diether.

The proposal would have covered the core-funding the centre would need to hire some staff, such as an executive director to help with programming and look for other sources of funding.

Without an executive director, the Stemete7uw’i Friendship Centre’s programming has been focused on culture but he said if they manage to get the funding for an executive director, the centre could bring into more social-focused programs and counselling and drawing in more youth.

“Expanded program would certainly include a youth program and that scene is very important,” said Diether.

If the request to become a member of the association is successful, Diether said they will resend the proposal to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada again.

One thing the centre is looking to do once they receive any type of core funding is moving to a bigger place.

“Our present location is a wonderful, warm and has a nice atmosphere to it but it is only one room. With just one room we are limited. It would be nice to have three or four rooms where we’re able to have offices and have counselling and different services in the building,” said Diether.

The current location, located behind St. Timothy Anglican Church off of Horse Lake Road, is also quite the walking distance from downtown 100 Mile House. Diether said he expects that if they were in the downtown area, the centre would be more well-used.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Reported fire north west of Bradley Creek was a ‘smokechase’

Crews investigated the report but ultimately found nothing

Multiple drivers with symptoms of liquor consumption in the past week

The weekly police report for the South Cariboo area

100 Mile Free Press and Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal win Canadian Community Newspaper Award for Fire Fight

“[It] should be shared with all the people who told us their stories and trusted us with them”

Forest Grove’s Hootstock Festival says goodbye to old venue

After five years, the festival will move to the Forest Grove Community Hall grounds

Forest Grove is getting ready to rock with the 2018 Hootstock Music Festival

Nearly 30 acts from around Canada to show off their musical talents

VIDEO: Hot July Nights drew over 2,500 people to Centennial Park in 100 Mile House

‘It’s growing and it’s fantastic … it’s well worth people driving from other towns for.’

Grizzly bear jumps in river, chases B.C. kayaker

The bear got a bit too close for comfort along the Elaho River near Squamish

Evacuation alert issued due to Dog Creek Trail Wildfire

An evacuation alert has been issued by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako… Continue reading

Parks Canada looks to shine light on cloudy future for historic sites

A plan is in place to produce 10-year plans designed to turn around sagging attendance figures

B.C. poet shines a bright light on struggle with homelessness

Book launch for John La Greca’s Homeless Memorial is at Vernon’s Gallery Vertigo July 21.

Ontario police say attack on Muslim man was motivated by hate

Two men, aged 27 and 19, have been charged with assault in the incident

Canadian Tire delivers toys to ease kids’ street play pain in B.C. neighbourhood

It’s like Christmas for 11 kids who are supposed to be confined to their yards by strata bylaw

City orders largest Kinder Morgan protest camp to leave

Residents of Camp Cloud near the Trans Mountain work site have 72 hours to leave

Cougar shot near B.C. marina

Police were called to complaints of a cougar climbing through boats and sheds at the Nanaimo Yacht Club

Most Read