Welcome to OFIFC

The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) is a provincial Aboriginal organization representing the collective interests of member Friendship Centres located in towns and cities across the province. Friendship Centres are not-for-profit corporations which are mandated to serve the needs of all Aboriginal people regardless of legal definition, and are the primary service delivery agents for Aboriginal people requiring culturally-sensitive and culturally-appropriate services in urban communities.

The vision of the Friendship Centre movement is to "improve the quality of life for Aboriginal people living in an urban environment by supporting self-determined activities which encourage equal access to and participation in Canadian society and which respect Aboriginal cultural distinctiveness".

Browse our Most Recent Publications

Health

Ontario’s Local Health Integration Networks: A Call for Change in Working with the Urban Indigenous Community

Since 2006 and the creation of the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), the LHINs have failed in addressing the health service needs of the urban Indigenous population, who continue to face systemic barriers to health care. Efforts on the part of Friendship Centres and the OFIFC to support the LHINs to address and revise their approaches to urban Indigenous health care been unsuccessful.
Health

Access to Health Services in Ontario for the Urban Indigenous Population

This report examines the challenges to accessing Ontario’s health services as experienced by the urban Indigenous community. The report draws upon a number of sources, primarily through the Friendship Centres across Ontario, members of the urban Indigenous community, and those working to support the Friendship Centre Movement as allies.
Health

Mental Health and Addictions Strategy Phase II Engagement: Final Report on Key Themes 2 & 3 Moving Forward & Shared Outcomes

This report is the second provided by the OFIFC for informing the process of ongoing design and implementation of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Open Minds, Healthy Minds Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. Currently in the strategy’s second phase, the Ministry scope has expanded to focus on adults, transitional aged youth, addictions, transitions, funding reform, and performance measurement across the system.