Prince George Native Friendship Centre

Executive Director Barb Ward-Burkitt
Health Director – Erin Anderlini –  eanderlini@pgnfc.com
website: http://www.pgnfc.com

The Prince George Native Friendship Centre (PGNFC) has grown and continues to be one of the largest and busiest community service delivery agencies in Prince George. Our clientele of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples have supported the Centre’s program offerings for the last 41 years. The PGNFC provides culturally appropriate programming to meet the community’s unique and diverse needs. We offer a wide variety of services, which includes educational, employment, health, and social programs. 

Our program is based in Prince George, and we have support workers and clinicians who travel to, or live near our communities. Our team works with Lheidli T’enneh, McLeod Lake, Tsay Keh Dene and Kwadacha.

History of Friendship Centres:
The history of Friendship Centres in British Columbia dates back to 1954 when a group of concerned Aboriginal people in Vancouver formed the Coqualeetza Fellowship Club in order to provide support services to Aboriginal students moving to the city. Although providing support to students remained a primary objective of this group, the organizers over the next few years found themselves responding to ever increasing requests for services from Aboriginal people moving into Vancouver. In 1963, the incorporation of the Coqualeetza Fellowship Club as the Vancouver Indian Centre Society marked the beginning of the Friendship Centre movement in British Columbia.