The doors of the First Friendship Centre opened in Canada in 1958, as Aboriginal people began moving from reserves to urban areas. As Aboriginal people relocated, they were faced with many problems of adjustment. Friendship Centres began in order to assist Aboriginal people with their adjustment as they migrated into the urban environment.
The best way to describe a Friendship Centre is a place of many types of gatherings for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people who are attempting to bridge a gap between two cultures.
The main objective for all Friendship Centres is to improve the quality of life for the urban aboriginal people. The main target groups of each Friendship Centre is the urban aboriginal population. This includes all age groups. The Friendship Centres act as a support system to the community by providing programs that provide essentials services. These services are aimed at promoting the physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural well being of all Aboriginal people.
Ne Chee is the Ojibway word for a "close friend" or a "brother". The Ne Chee Friendship Centre was incorporated in 1976 and is managed by a Board of Directors which is elected at an Annual General Meeting every year. The Executive Director, Office Director and Bookkeeper comprise the core staff. The Director is responsible to the Board and other staff are immediately responsible to the Director.
Ne Chee welcomes all who seek advice or those who wish to visit, especially those from the grassroots of society. Ne Chee also acts as a support system to the community by adminstering a number of programs which offer vital services.
Policies and Procedures
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FINANCE POLICY and PROCEDURES MANUAL
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Ne Chee Friendship Centre
1301 Railway Street, Kenora, ON P9N 3X3