Governance and Organizational Structure
Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association membership consists of 20 Friendship Centres. Delegates appointed from each of the twenty-member Friendship Centres the ANFCA Board of Directors. In addition, each member Friendship Centre selects one individual to join and participate in the Elders’ Wisdom Circle (EWC) and the Alberta Aboriginal Youth Council (AAYC). Executive Directors from each of the twenty members join together to form the Executive Directors Committee. Regional working groups are established on an as needed basis.
Board of Directors
The Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association’s provincial Board of Directors is made up of representatives from each of the 20-member Friendship Centres. During the ANFCA’s Annual General Meeting each member Friendship Centre appoints two (2) voting delegates and during Board meetings, each member Friendship Centre appoints one (1) voting delegate.
The ANFCA’s Board of Directors is made up of interested individuals that have been appointed by their home community to represent the interests of their region and to bring a voice and a vote to the provincial Board of Directors.
The ANFCA operates with the direction of an elected Executive Committee. The President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, National Board Representative, National Youth Board Representative, are elected by their peers from the provincial Board of Directors. The Elders’ Wisdom Circle annually appoints a Provincial Elder to sit on the ANFCA Executive Committee.
To provide balance and equality the Alberta Aboriginal Youth Council and the Elders’ Wisdom Circle each nominates a representative from member Friendship Centres to provide input on issues and to ensure a strong commitment to culture is maintained. This nominated representative is then endorsed by the Board of Directors.
Elders’ Wisdom Circle
Formed in 2000, the Elders’ Wisdom Circle provides a format for Indigenous Elders of all cultures to join together in fellowship, to make recommendations to the ANFCA Board of Directors on issues as they relate to culture, programming and organizational direction, to increase opportunities for Elders to engage and interact with youth, to access training and educational opportunities as they relate to current and emerging issues.
Elders represent each member Friendship Centre throughout Alberta and represent the diversity of Indigenous cultures found in the province.
Alberta Aboriginal Youth Council
Originally formed as the Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council (PAYC) in 1996, this group was renamed the Alberta Aboriginal Youth Council in 2003. This energetic group of Indigenous youth representatives comes together from across the province of Alberta to partake in cultural events and activities, to develop leadership skills, and to participate in provincial scope training and projects such as the Indigenous Youth Multi-Media project of Family Violence and Bullying.
Each member Friendship Centre can appoint a youth representative to attend regular ANFCA meetings and to partake in other provincial events and activities.
ANFCA Operational Structure
The ANFCA headed by an Executive Director who is responsible for the overall operations and outcomes of the Association. Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible to implement the strategic direction provided by the Board and to guide the operational implementation of programs and services.
The ANFCA envisions an organizational structure in which our provincial office employs an appropriate variety of personnel to optimally fulfill the mandate of the Association.
As a grassroots-based organization, the ANFCA, through its member Friendship Centres has a direct connection to the urban Indigenous community in our region.
From the local community, each autonomously organized Friendship Centre elects a local community based Board of Directors.
From these Boards, the ANFCA member Friendship Centres appoint delegates (two from each member Centre at the ANFCA’s AGM) to form the provincial Board of Directors. The ANFCA’s Executive Committee is elected (and duly appointed in the case of Elder) from the Board of Directors.
Our grassroots structure ensures that local community members’ needs guide the direction of programs and services at the community (Friendship Centre), provincial (ANFCA) and national (NAFC) levels.