TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
As the original people of Turtle Island (North America) we are naturally obligated to preserve and sustain or culture and heritage as passed down to us by the Creator, our ancestors and elders. The Centre will be a gathering place to socialize and access services that improve an individual’s quality of life.
The Centre will create networks and develop partnerships to ensure urban Native issues are addressed in a sensitive and equitable manner.
Guiding Principles: Directors, Staff and Volunteers of the Centre will be guided by the Seven Grandfather Teachings to fulfill its vision and mission through various services, programming and activities.
The Creator has given Native people the gift to reach out to others and to value relationships. We will support all people to reach their potential.
The SEVEN TEACHINGS
Wisdom – To Cherish knowledge is to know Wisdom
Love – To Love is to know Peace
Respect – To Honour all of creation is to have Respect
Bravery – Is to face the foe with Integrity
Honesty – Honesty in facing a situation is to be Brave
Humility – Is to know yourself as a Sacred part of Creation
Truth – Is to Know all of these Things
- In the inherent values that form the foundation of the Friendship Centre: sharing, caring, kindness, and strength
- That each individual is unique with individual strengths to build on
- The family is the centre of the community
- In working to create harmonious relations and partnerships with the non-Aboriginal community;
- In being accountable to the members and for effective programs and services
- In providing a holistic and empowering environment guided by the Medicine Wheel Teaching