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Case Study

Indigenous Partnership Pilot Program Final Report


The IPPP provides support for all income assistance Indigenous “clients” within the Fraser Regional Friendship Centre (FRAFCA) and Kekinow Native Housing Society (KNHS). The pilot program aims to reduce the Indigenous poverty/homelessness rate in Surrey by removing barriers to accessing services. The IPPP coordinator, an Indigenous professional from the Surrey community, works directly out of FRAFCA and KNHS locations to connect with Indigenous clients in addition to collaborating with other partners. The mutual partnership between Indigenous organizations, FRAFCA and KNHS, and the MSDPR has been crucial in the success of the IPPP.

The case study of the IPPP demonstrates a hopeful story of what it means to work in partnership (1) with the Indigenous community in Surrey (BC’s largest urban Indigenous population) and (2) with the intention to decolonize government services. The following is a summary of a total of 10 significant changes that reduced or alleviated government social service-related barriers to safe and effective service provision, as well as 4 key recommendations.

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All Our Relations: Honouring the Host Nations

SUILC recognizes that we operate on the unceded, ancestral, traditional and current territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Kwikwetlem, Qayqayt, and Tsawwassen First Nations.