We are excited to reclaim, restore, and revive a Friendship Centre for our community.

The Winnipeg Friendship Centre Program – WIFC, Inc.

As part of the community’s call to action, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, under its Community Driven Programs and Services, has created the Winnipeg Friendship Centre Program to deliver the programs and services of the Friendship Centre Movement that are supportive of the seniors and youth in our community.

The development of Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre’s Winnipeg Friendship Centre Program has been graciously supported by the Winnipeg Indigenous Executive Circle (WIEC), which is a network of 30+ Indigenous-led organizations, and Indigenous Vision for the North End (IVNE), a network of 11 Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations.

The work and development of this program is support by the Manitoba Association of Friendship Centres and the National Association of Friendship Centres.

What’s Happening now!

We have placed an intensive focus on ensuring that our governance structure has been carefully developed so that the tragedy that previously befell the previous Friendship Centre does not have any remote possibility of ever happening again.

WIFC, Inc. has been working as an initial area of focus to provide programs and services that are supportive of the seniors and youth in our community. During these challenging times of COVID-19 many youth and seniors have been expressing increased loneliness, isolation, food insecurity as well as many other challenges.

WIFC, Inc. will continue to focus on our seniors and youth as our initial priority areas, we are looking forward to quickly expanding our scope of programming and services to meet the expressed needs of all members of our community. As well we are looking forward to hosting many community events once it is safe to do so, as well as bringing back the ever-lively and greatly missed, “BINGO!”.

WIFC, Inc. is looking forward to continuing to develop in a way that is driven by our community, and supported by our sister organizations. We are so grateful of the support that we have been provided by Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre and our community partners that has provided us with the wings to take flight and move forward with beginning a new journey where we will be dedicatedly working to provide Friendship Centre services in a way that will serve to meet the expressed need of Winnipeg’s urban Indigenous community.  

A huge thank you from our hearts for the first members being at our first AGM, on June 30, 2021, to support reclaiming, restoring and revitalizing the Friendship Centre Movement in Winnipeg!