Urban aboriginal gathering place on the move – CBC.ca

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012477 Views

Dec 14, 2012

Without an increase to its core funding over previous years, Odawa Native Friendship Centre’s facility on Stirling Avenue has become too expensive to maintain so the group is looking for a new home.

After serving 16 years as a meeting place for Ottawa’s urban aboriginal population, hosting everything from powwows to exercise classes, Odawa president John Henri Commanda and acting director Alison Tranter say they had to sell the 80-year-old former school building.

“It has been good for us for all these years, but it’s time to move on and move with the times I guess,” said Tranter who wants the replacement space to accommodate the centre’s unique range of activities.

“Because we’re not offices and desks.”

The friendship centre’s executive wants to move somewhere central but with growing aboriginal populations in other parts of the city, like Vanier, several options are being considered.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2012/12/14/ottawa-odawa-looks-for-new-home.html

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