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The Quebec Native Friendship Centres are cultural anchors for urban Indigenous people. They offer a continuum of services that provide holistic support, based on students’ and their families’ specific situations, needs and aspirations.

Learning support services promote school retention and success while also strengthening cultural identity and empowerment in urban Indigenous people.

The Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec coordinates the education strategy in its member Centres and provides them with support for its implementation. The RCAAQ develops tools, offers training, encourages the sharing of expertise and supports the Centres in planning, monitoring and evaluating their services. It also works closely with strategic partners and invests in the continuous improvement of its practices.

Examples of the services offered in the Native Friendship Centres:

  • Tutoring and homework assistance for elementary and high school students
  • Support for students in post-secondary and general adult education programs
  • Support during school transitions
  • Coaching and support for parents in regards to schooling issues
  • Cultural programming (crafts, language courses, etc.)
  • Activities to pass down traditional knowledge on the Land
  • Activities that foster closer ties between peoples

Fostering the educational success of urban Indigenous people

The Quebec Native Friendship Centre Movement has adopted an education strategy intended to intensify the development of integrated services and to promote educational success among urban Indigenous students at all levels (elementary, high school, general adult education, college and university).

Indigenous cultures and languages is an integral part of lifelong learning initiatives.

The Movement’s education strategy fosters the implementation of concrete actions to overcome the challenges Indigenous people experience when living permanently or temporarily in cities. Thus, it offers future generations multiple opportunities to develop to their full potential.


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Catherine Savard

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