Project Contributors

Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC)

Dedicated to improving the quality of life for Indigenous people in the Greater Victoria area, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC) began as a meeting place in the city—providing limited referral services to community members. The Friendship Centre opened its doors in April, 1970. It was a one-room facility located on the corner of Yates and Broad Streets in the heart of downtown Victoria. The Centre was run by an Executive Director on a small grant from the provincial First Citizen’s Fund. The Centre quickly became a much-valued meeting place for Indigenous peoples new to Victoria.

Debbie Douez Art Therapy

Art Therapy combines visual art making and psychotherapy in a creative process aimed at improving a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well being.  People of all ages can benefit from art therapy and previous art experience is not necessary. Debbie helps adults and children with anxiety, depression, managing transitions, grief and loss, and career changes.


University of Victoria Centre for Youth & Society

Research that focuses on youth is vital – the United Nations reports that half the world’s population is under the age of 25. Youth are key actors in the evolving social, environmental, and technological changes that are shaping the world at an ever-increasing pace.

At the Centre for Youth & Society (CFYS), we design and conduct interdisciplinary research, promote collaboration with partners, and respond to emerging priorities affecting youth and their families. Our Centre unites researchers, students, and community partners (including youth-led initiatives) toward youth well-being.

The Art of Reconciliation is a 2-month program that takes place on the traditional territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən People (Songhees and Esquimalt Nations) and the WSÁNEĆ First Nations.