Fonds MSS 395 - The Indian and Métis Friendship Centre fonds

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The Indian and Métis Friendship Centre fonds

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  • 1951-2010 (Creation)
    The Indian and Métis Friendship Centre

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2.47 m of textual records
955 photographs
169 strips of negatives
1 3.5" computer diskette
6 CDs
2 DVDs

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The Winnipeg Indian and Métis Friendship Centre (IMFC) was the first Friendship Centre in Canada. The IMFC's constitution was drafted in 1959 by the offices of the Urban Indian Association, who became the first board of directors, along with the members of the funding organizations and churches. The IMFC was officially opened on April 15th, 1959 at 376 Donald Street. It was created in response to a growing Aboriginal and Métis population in Winnipeg and out of a need for specialized social and economic services. Over its history, the IMFC has developed and supported many programs and services in health, housing, employment, education, and continues to design solutions for the betterment of the indigenous community. The IMFC has also acted as a cultural center, providing supportive services in friendship, and aspires to empower the community by taking action on issues affecting Aboriginal peoples. As a non-profit organization, the IMFC was jointly funded by the Federal Government, and The Winnipeg Foundation. In 1972 it became a member of The National Association of Friendship Centre’s, the unifying representative body for The Friendship Centre Movement. In 1992, the IMFC moved to 45 Robinson Street where it continues to provide community services to its members. Today, there are a total of 119 Friendship Centre’s in urban centers providing invaluable services, activities, and advocating on behalf of Aboriginal peoples.

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The Indian and Métis Friendship Centre fonds was transferred to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in July 2013.

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The fonds consist of 6 boxes of textual records that have been divided into the following series: programs, IMFC events, IMFC correspondence, IMFC Board of Directors, IMFC meetings, and IMFC publications. The fonds also consists of 3 boxes of photographs and 1 box of electronic records. The content of the textual records portray a number of donations and requests, significant correspondence from programs, Annual General Meetings, and events such as the Lighthouse project, Healthy baby, annual pow-wows, wall of honour and a brief history of the centre itself.

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The fonds is arranged into 9 series. The 6 boxes of textual records have been divided into the following series: programs, IMFC events, IMFC correspondence, IMFC publications, IMFC Board of Directors, IMFC meetings, IMFC photos, IMFC staff photos, IMFC Wall of Honor photos. There is also 1 box of electronic records and 2 paintings.

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Box 3a within the correspondence series is restricted.

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PC 343

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EL 51

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University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

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Authority and descriptive records created by Jesse Boiteau, Kerri Johnston and Charlotte Nelson.

The sources used for the description are the annual reports, the History of the Winnipeg Indian and Métis Friendship Centre 1958-1983, the 40th Anniversary Souvenir Album and other files from the collection.

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  • English
  • French
  • Ojibwa

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