Bettering the lives of the Indigenous community and educating the non-Indigenous community in cultural awareness since 1962

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CNFC was organized to help Indigenous newcomers to the city with referral services and social and recreational programs.

It was, and remains, a gathering place for meetings, social events, and community gatherings.  Today, the Centre continues to provide cultural, recreational and social programming.

We serve approximately 10,000 people annually through various programs, services and functions.

The Centre is able to provide these services through the work of volunteers who expend approximately 5,000 hours on an annual basis.

Our Vision

The vision of the Canadian Native Friendship Centre is toward an integrated, self-reliant Indigenous community who participates as urban citizens taking responsibility for their shared condition in a spirit of health, cooperation and wellness within a strong cultural base.

Mission Statement

The mandate of the Canadian Native Friendship Centre is to improve the quality of life of Indigenous people in an urban environment by supporting self-determined activities, encouraging equal access to and participation in Canadian society while respecting Indigenous cultural distinctiveness.

Our Values

  • We respect and recognize the inherent worth of all people regardless of race, creed, or culture, and we promote this view in the community
  • We honor our elders and are guided by their acquired wisdom
  • We encourage and support our youth in their role as future leaders and culture bearers
  • We incorporate our traditional values of respect, honesty, sharing and caring in all our programs and services
  • We strive for transparency in the way we conduct business


Community Consultation

The Canadian Native Friendship Centre in partnership with the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association, Indigenous Relations, Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada and the City of Edmonton held a community consultation under the Urban Aboriginal Strategy to begin and contribute to the development of a Community Plan. We will continue this conversation by hosting (4) four facilitated engagement sessions. These sessions are open to Aboriginal Peoples living in urban centres, organizations providing programs and services, and other stakeholders as an Alberta-wide regional plan is built.  Edmonton Community Plan - Urban Aboriginal Strategy (pdf)

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