PRINCE GEORGE – The Prince George Native Friendship Centre Society will benefit from $100,000 thanks to the B.C. government’s Community Gaming Grant program.

Prince George Native Friendship Centre provides services for Aboriginal people residing in the urban area.

“The Prince George Native Friendship Centre is grateful to be the recipient of a Community Gaming Grant again this year,” Prince George Native Friendship Centre executive director Barb Ward-Burkitt said. “We will be utilizing a portion of these funds to offset some of the costs associated with several programs that are a long-standing part of the Friendship Centre.”

Some funds will be used to aid with the costs associated with providing supports to families dealing with grief and loss, Ward-Burkitt said. Some will assist with the cost of swimming pool passes for Elders participating in the Elders Wellness Program. Some will aid with the costs of fuel and food for the Camp Friendship summer camp programs and some will assist with the food costs for the centre’s food hamper program.

“In providing supports that have a positive impact on physical, mental and emotional well-being, the Prince George Native Friendship Centre provides valuable services,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said.

“The Native Friendship Centre has proven that it can provide the support that families need to be active, healthy members of our community,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “I am always impressed with the good work they do. This funding is critical to the ongoing success of their programs.”

This grant is awarded under the Human and Social Services category of the Community Gaming Grant program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming grants are also awarded in the categories of Public Safety, Sports and Arts and Culture and Environment.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find information and applications at gaming.gov.bc.ca/grants/.