Friendship Centre Marks Four Decades In Operation

Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 14:35



The Saskatoon Indian and Metis Friendship Centre is celebrating 40 years of service in the city today.


Friendship Centre program coordinator Ashley Kayseas says it’s important to have a place for Aboriginal people to go when they first move to the city from a smaller town or reserve, so they can keep their culture and meet people.


Kayseas says friendship centre programs are offered to anyone, including non-Aboriginal people.


He says over the past year, the centre has spent a lot of time helping people find housing — which he says is an ongoing challenge.


The friendship centre also offers a restitution program for victims of crime, recreational and cultural programs, domestic violence workers, family workers, and a homelessness researcher.


As part of today’s celebrations, the centre is unveiling a mural the Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Program did for it.