The Indian Friendship Centre
The Indian Friendship Centre (IFC) of Sault Ste. Marie aims to meet the needs of urban and migrating Indigenous people. Incorporated in Sault Ste. Marie in 1972 as a not-for-profit corporation, it is part of a network of Indian Friendship Centres across Canada.
Guided by the seven grandfather teachings, its objectives are:
- To provide a medium for the meeting of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and the development of mutual understanding through common activities;
- To stimulate and assist Indigenous self-expression and the development of indigenous leadership; and,
- To assist and encourage study of Indigenous needs as well as the planning of services with indigenous people in both public and private agencies.
The Centre’s vision is to continue to expand in all areas of need for the community. Currently, the IFC provides medical services, family support, after school programs, children’s programs, outreach, employment services, and more. Visit the Indian Friendship Centre at 122 East St. or their website for more information on current services, events and research.