Fort McMurray, AB – The Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre (NAFC) is proud to announce the funding support received from the National Association of Friendship Centres through the Investment Readiness Program.

NAFC’s project will explore providing necessary Cultural Inclusion & Diversity training within our region. The Wood Buffalo region is one of great diversity with many cultures as well as many varying Indigenous communities – ensuring our local companies, businesses and entrepreneurs are equipped to create a safe and welcoming workspace to all is vitally important for the continuous growth of Fort McMurray and surrounding communities. Once up and running this project hopes to provide consultation services, opportunities for presentations and workshops to our region, one-on-one consultations to businesses and entrepreneurs as well as opportunities for group training sessions.

“We are grateful to the National Association Friendship Centre for their generosity with this wonderful opportunity for NAFC. This support will allow us to work with local Elders and Knowledge Keepers to create training and workshops that will be available throughout our community, in local businesses, schools, organizations, and much more”, said Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre’s Executive Director Stacy Gillingham.

The initial phase of this project will include developing the necessary industry connections as well as legal and professional expertise to support the business plan. NAFC asks that local law offices, financial planners and industry professionals offering their support on this project please reach out to NAFC Director of Fund Development & Communications, Brittany Pittman at

The team of the Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre look forward to getting started on this project through the support of the National Association of Friendship Centres.

For further inquiries:
Stacy Gillingham, Executive Director
Ph. 780-743-8555