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Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre promotes justice, fairness and equality for Aboriginal people through a holistic approach to programming and services. Our philosophy is one that encompasses all people in the community who request our assistance.

News & Updates

Hul’q’umi’num’ Program

Our Hul’q’umi’num’ Program is created to provide resources in hul’q’umi’num’ for the use of the community. With the support of Elder Florence James we have created voice recordings and flashcards developed in the Snuneymuxwqun language. We hope to continue adding resources and recordings for public use in order to increase language use and fluency.

Tillicum Lelum Family Wellness Manual

This resource is a collection of stories and teachings shared with us by our respected Elders and Knowledge Keepers. In our Indigenous communities and families, storytelling is the way in which we have always passed on wellness knowledge and practices from generation to generation to keep our families healthy.

Tillicum Lelum Neutral Zone - Impact Assessment

Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre (TLAFC) has been established in the City of Nanaimo for over 50 years. What started as location that served coffee for Indigenous peoples who found themselves needing support or connection while in the city, now offers multiple child, family, and community services at multiple locations in Nanaimo.

Recreation Centre Project Fundraising

Tillicum Lelum is planning to construct a new gymnasium/recreation centre in Nanaimo, BC. Our vision is to use this facility to host an Aboriginal Sports and Recreation program that will serve children, youth, families and the community.

Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre started out as a coffee drop-in and recreation centre over 50 years ago and has grown into a large organization with multiple properties, nearly sixty programs and over eighty staff members.

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We are excited to share this snapshot highlighting the success story of Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre and our leader, Grace Elliott Nielsen, Executive Director, and staff who has taken this agency from a small drop in Centre to what we are today. Currently running 63 Programs , 110 staff employed &  8 buildings.

“Aboriginal people from near and far have come to Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre for healing, training and education having found a place where they can tap into a wide variety of programs that meet their physical mental, emotional and spiritual needs in a culturally safe manner.”