ANFCA serves as a policy-governing body for Friendship Centres across Alberta.
Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association membership consists of 21 Friendship Centres. Delegates are appointed from each of the 21 member Friendship Centres to form part of the ANFCA Board of Directors. In addition, each member Friendship Centre selects one individual to participate in the Elders’ Wisdom Circle (EWC) and the Alberta Aboriginal Youth Council (AAYC). Executive Directors from each of the 21 members form the Executive Directors Committee. Regional working groups and/or advisory committees are established on an as needed basis.
Board of Directors
Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association’s provincial Board of Directors is made up of representatives from each of the 21 member Friendship Centres. During the ANFCA’s Annual General Meeting each member Friendship Centre appoints two (2) voting delegates and during regular Board meetings, each member Friendship Centre appoints one (1) voting delegate.
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.
ANFCA operates with the direction of an elected Executive Committee. The President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and National Youth Board Representative are elected by their peers at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The National Board Representative is elected by the provincial Board of Directors. The Elders’ Wisdom Circle annually recommends a Provincial Elder to sit on ANFCA Executive Committee, which is ratified by the Board of Directors at the AGM.
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 guidance to the Board on the affairs of the Association to ensure the Board works towards achieving the objectives of the Association; and, to assist in resolving disputes between Members and within the Association in a manner the Circle considers appropriate and with the consent of the parties involved.
Alberta Aboriginal Youth Council
Originally formed as Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council (PAYC) in 1996, this group was renamed 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.