Welcome to OFIFC

The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) is a provincial Aboriginal organization representing the collective interests of member Friendship Centres located in towns and cities across the province. Friendship Centres are not-for-profit corporations which are mandated to serve the needs of all Aboriginal people regardless of legal definition, and are the primary service delivery agents for Aboriginal people requiring culturally-sensitive and culturally-appropriate services in urban communities.

The vision of the Friendship Centre movement is to "improve the quality of life for Aboriginal people living in an urban environment by supporting self-determined activities which encourage equal access to and participation in Canadian society and which respect Aboriginal cultural distinctiveness".

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USAI Research Framework 2012

The USAI Research Framework has been conceived and developed by the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) in 2012 to guide all Aboriginal research projects conducted by the OFIFC and the urban
Aboriginal communities, in which the OFIFC is involved.
Education to Employment

Social Economy Framework for Ontario’s Urban Aboriginal Communities

Social economy as a term may be relatively new to some Friendship Centre communities; however, Ontario’s Friendship Centres and the broader Friendship Centre Movement have been operating within the social economy for decades.  

As it pertains to Friendship Centres, the current economic system consists of the public sector, the private sector, and the non-profit sector. The social economy fits within the non-profit sector, with some overlap with the private sector.
Children and Youth

Our Framework - Ontario Urban and Rural First Nations, Metis and Inuit Housing Policy