Hych’ka Siem, Kleco Kleco, Gilakas’la

The three totem poles standing at the entrance of the Victoria Native Friendship Centre from Coast Salish, Nuch-chah-nulth, and Kwakwaka’wakw cultural traditions welcome everyone to our culturally supportive and respectful environment.

What We Do

The VNFC is a non-profit Indigenous-led organization located on Southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen speaking People of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

The Centre comprises over 125 compassionate staff members, building and delivering over 75 programs working to further innovative solutions to improve socio-economic conditions for urban Indigenous peoples.

Our goal is to stitch the fabric of Indigenous traditions into everything the VNFC does, and to greet each other and the natural world in a good way every day.

A VNFC Story

To learn about the impact the VNFC has on the community watch this video about the Eagle Project.

VNFC Impact

of safe and affordable housing for Indigenous community on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people.

wages and salaries contributed to the community.

of the community supported in 2021.

Indigenous specific resources (Bruce Parisian Library).

Our mandate: To encourage and promote the well-being of urban Indigenous people by strengthening individuals, family, and community.

A VNFC Story

Learn about Siem Lelum, Respected House, the VNFC’s culturally supportive low-income housing. A core for the community. A learning and teaching space where success ripples.

With 80% of Indigenous people in Canada living in urban areas, the need for Friendship Centres is more critical now than ever. In the Capital Regional District of Victoria, there are a total of 22,500 Indigenous people. Of that number, only 5,500 people live on reserves. With 10 Nations geographically close to the VNFC, a growing number of Indigenous people could use our support.

A VNFC Story

Learn about how the Community Kitchen and other VNFC programs have people feel safe, welcome, and heard––helping Indigenous communities thrive.

The VNFC is a partner of the National Association of Friendship Centres and the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres.

Designations

HOLIDAY CLOSURE

Tuesday, December 20th through Tuesday January 3rd

VNFC closed to all programs and services for the holiday break – See you January 3rd!