WHAT WE DO?
We assist Aboriginal people adjust to living in an urban environment, while maintaining their culture.
The Indian and Métis Friendship Centre is a non-profit organization that values the partnership of community
organizations and businesses.
Donors have the options of sponsoring an entire department of programs and services at IMFC, or sponsoring
one specific area of programming.
For example, and agency may support youth initiatives or health related programs that reflect an agencies
mandate. No donation is too small and is greatly appreciated.
The Indian and Métis Friendship Centre of Winnipeg Inc. (IMFC) has a long and successful history working with and
for, the indigenous community of Winnipeg. The IMFC of Winnipeg was the first incorporated Friendship Centre in
Canada. It was established in 1959 to provide services and programs to our First Nations and Métis people migrating
into urban centres.
In 1972, it became a member of The National Association of Friendship Centre's, the unifying representative body
for the Friendship Centre Movement.
Today there are a total of 119 Friendship Centre's across Canada providing valuable services, programs, and
advocating on behalf of indigenous peoples.
History of the Winnipeg Indian & Métis Friendship Centre
: this document provides an overview of the success of the IMFC over a span of 25-years. It
outlines the community efforts of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, who came together and recognized the
need for urban Aboriginal people to have a place to meet and to support themselves as a community. It features
the programs developed over the years, other urban Aboriginal organizations that were incubated by the IMFC before
going off on their own (like Kinew Housing and the Main Street Project), and there are stories of young Indigenous
leaders who were involved in the IMFC before embarking upon their own careers and contributing to the social
fabric of Winnipeg and beyond (Elijah Harper, Cyril Keeper, Tom Jackson).
- Every Monday starting June 14th, 2016 from 5-7pm
- Contact Chrissy @ IMFC for more information: 204-586-8441
Nobody's Perfect Parenting 8-week program:
- Every Monday starting May 30th, 2016 from 1-3pm
- Please pre-register by May 27th
- A light snack, childminding, and bus tickets will be provided
- Contact Chrissy @ IMFC 204-586-8441 or Sherri @ FACT 204-582-1518
Lighthouses: The Lighthouses program is a crime prevention program targeted towards children
and youth after school and on weekends. The program hours operate on Tuesday and Thursday from 5-8 pm, and on
Saturdays 1-7 pm. The Program provides meals, snacks, and various workshops.
Healthy Baby: Free drop in program for expecting parents and parents with babies up to
1-year old. The program is held every Tuesday 1-3 pm. The program provides various workshops and resources for
Healthy Child Manitoba:
This program is the umbrella to several other programs offered though
the Parent Child Coalition. All programs are free and offered to community members and surrounding areas. Our
focus is to provide parents with the skills and tools to create healthy loving relationships with their children.
Some of the programs include:
- Nobody's Perfect
- Wiggle Giggle and Munch
- Art/Craft Classes
- Birthday Book Programs
- Rock and Read
For more information on all programs please call (204) 586-8441.
Bingo: Runs 3 every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. Doors open at 5:30pm. For more information,
call the Bingo hotline at (204) 589-6095. Also see the Bingo section on this website.
Winnipeg Harvest: Runs every Wednesday and Friday. To arrange an appointment call Winnipeg
Harvest at 204.982.3660 between the hours of 9:15 am to 3:30 pm Monday-Friday. You need your medical card
CAHRD Community Councilor: Every Thursday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, an employment councilor
helps with resumes, cover letters, and job searches.
Laundry: IMFC offers a washer and dryer for free use Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Laundry supplies are not provided.
Open Arms Soup Kitchen: Runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.
Executive Director: Michael Bear
Executive Assistant: Kaylyn Cuperus
Parent/Child Coordinator: Chrissy Hansen
Lighthouses/Solvent Abuse Coordinator: Deven Dewar
Bingo Manager: Ronalda Sinclair
Systems Administrator/Acting Finance Officer: Chris Moffat
Board of Directors
President: Donna M'Lot
Vice President: Norman Meade
Treasurer: Sherry Smadella
Secretary: Cathy Menard
Directors: Sherri Sinclair, Garry McLean, and Joe Thomas
Wednesday, Friday & Sunday Card Sales start @ 5:30
and Regular Bingo starts @ 7:30
Bingo Hotline: (204) 589-6095
Bingo Accumulator Specials for Friday, February 17th, 2017
- Empty House is $850 in 40 numbers; consolation prize is $300.
- Triangle is $2,815 in 43 numbers; consolation prize is 40% of sales.
- Pick 7 is $850 in 20 numbers; consolation is $300.
- Lucky 7 is $1,150 in 26 numbers; consolation is $300.
- Bonanza is $850 in 51 numbers; consolation is $300.
- Mini Loonie is $4,150 plus sales; consolation is 40% of sales.
- Jackpot Loonie Strip is $19,055 plus sales.
- Loonie Pot is $1,621 plus sales; consolation is 75% of sales.
- The Jackpot Loonie Strip Accumulator starts at $0. Add 30% of nightly sales to the Jackpot Loonie Strip Accumulator. Special Jackpot Loonie Strip number to be called at the start of Game #19. The Jackpot Loonie Strip Accumulator can ONLY be won on Jackpot Loonie Strip on Full House Game #21 with the Special Jackpot Loonie Strip number called from Game #19. If the Full House is won on the Jackpot Loonie Strip but NOT on the Special Number, the winner will receive $1000.00 plus the consolation of $150.
- Chase the Ace is $3,150 every Wednesday plus sales (with 25 cards left).
- 5:45 – Bonanza Pre-Call first 48 numbers.
- 6:20 – 1st Vegas Game. Payout is 70% of sales. 1 Line or 4 Corners is a 20% payout and then continuing on to Full House pays the remaining 80%.
- 6:40 – 2nd Vegas Game. Payout is 70% of sales. 1 Line or 4 Corners is a 20% payout and then continuing on to Full House pays $1000 in 50 numbers or less; or a consolation prize of 80%.
- 6:50 – Early Bird Set 1. Five games. 1 Line or 4 Corners. Payout is 10% per game.
- 7:05 – Early Bird Set 2. Five games. 1 Line or 4 Corners. Payout is 10% per game.
- 7:20 – Empty House is $700 in 37 numbers or less. Add 1 number and $50 each session until there is a winner. Consolation prize is $300.00
- 7:30 – Regular Bingo Starts
- Must be 16 years of age to play bingo or be in the hall. (Excludes 50/50 Sellers)
- Booklets/sheets must be marked by dabber or marker. Pens will not be accepted. Numbers must not be obliterated.
- Players a responsible to check books before start of play. Ten pages per book.
- A regular game book must be purchased and played to be eligible for special games.
- Players must call BINGO loud enough to stop play and must raise their card.
- In case of multiple winners, prize will be divided equally. Minimum prize of $5 on regular games only.
- House reserves the right to cancel due to bad weather.
- House reserves the right to refuse entrance.
- Once the game has been declared CLOSED, no more bingo’s will be accepted for that game.
- Jackpot winners may request a security escort to their vehicle.
- Scheduled workers may not play bingo in this hall at any time. However, casual (spare) workers are allowed to play.
- House reserves the right to pay by cheque.
- A regular book must be played to play Vegas Games or Early Birds.
- Five around the corner is 3 B’s, 1 I, and 1 N, or 3 O’s, 1 G and 1 N.