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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

Mosaic Forest Management Donation

As part of Mosaic's sponsorship of the BC Bike Race, they make a donation to a local non-for-profit. This year Tillicum Lelum was chosen as the beneficiary

2023 Fundraising Opportunities

Every year we approach members of the community to ask for help with support for our Christmas Hamper Program. We will be holding a small event on Friday, November 24, 2023 at our Childcare Centre on Tenth Street. There are a variety of ways to contribute to the 2023 Christmas Hamper Program.

Tillicum Lelum; A Saving Grace

Tillicum Lelum is pleased to announce that the documentary “Tillicum Lelum; A Saving Grace” can now be watched on demand anytime. This documentary originally aired on National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21, 2023. It chronicles the life’s work of Grace Elliott Nielsen and her staff in creating and maintaining one of Canada’s longest running Aboriginal Friendship Centre’s.

"You belong to everyone": Urban First Nations access to health care

Our very own Courtney Defriend has been awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal for her research and paper at her Royal Roads’ June 2023 convocation where she graduated with a Doctor of Social Sciences degree.

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.”