CONTRIBUTION · 23rd June 2011
Kermode Friendship Centre
Kermode Friendship Centre would like to invite you to "Aboriginal Day" in George Little Park on Saturday June 25th!
There will be BBQ Salmon, dancing, vendors and of course presentations celebrating Native Culture and Pride.
Just a little history on The Kermode Friendship Centre :
In 1970, a small group of residents met at Willard Seymour's home to discuss the development of a resource centre for Native People. Within a year, a Native Street Worker Program was in operation with funding provided by Canada Manpower.
The Kermode Friendship Centre was initially created in 1972. It was then called the "Native Resource Centre" and was operated by Local 118 of the British Columbia Association of Non-Status Indians (BCANSI).
The Kermode Friendship Society was formed and Incorporated in 1976. Founding members included Willard Seymour, Rose and Gerald Bazil,Vi Gellenbeck, Lance Stevens, Pearl Campbell and Francis Sabine.
The Society owns the Friendship Centre building and Land on Kalum Street; the Centre continues to develop programs to meet the needs of the Urban Multicultural community. When BCANSI disbanded as an association in 1976 with the introduction of the Migrating Native People's Program by the Secretary of State, the Native Resource Centre Incorporated as the "Kermode Friendship Society".
The Society and the Friendship Centre are named after the Kermode Bear, an important name in the cultural history of the Native people in the Terrace area. One of the Elder's has written down these words:
"The Kermode Bear ... is a very old, old story of the Kitsumkalum Tribe. It's the story about a young lady, the daughter of a chief. Her Indian name is Jan-Jans. One day a bear turned into a man. He met this young lady and started talking to her. They walked around for a long time and she didn't know how far they walked. Then the bear took her to his den up the mountains where it was sheltered. The mountain is not too far from the Kitsumkalum Reserve. The Kermode Bear is a white bear. The only place where there are white bears is behind Kitsumkalum Reserve. There's more about this story...."
The Kermode Friendship Centre has been a place of shelter and support for many people since 1972. As the years have passed, the services offered by the Centre have grown, and it has become a multi-service agency offering services in several different areas-education, social services, employment training, etc. The Centre relocated in 1981 from its original building on Greig Avenue to larger quarters on Kalum Street. It has now reached a point where it has outgrown this facility as well and a future expansion is being considered.
Comment by Pat#1 on 25th June 2011
What a great day in the park!
Comment by mbweston on 23rd June 2011
I believe this will be the 10thyear that National Aboriginal Day has been celebrated in the park. Thank you to Kermode for keeping the flame alive.