Since September 1995, the Val d’Or Native Friendship Centre has been located in a larger and more functional building. The number of services and programs offered has increased to meet the growing needs of the aboriginal population.

The Centre continues its mission to improve the quality of life of aboriginals who are in transit or who live in the Val d’Or community, promote aboriginal culture and maintain friendly relations with the entire population.

The Centre’s new building is located close to the downtown area and has much to offer. You can rent a clean and comfortable room at a reasonable rate or eat a delicious home-cooked meal in a large and modern cafeteria. Meeting rooms are also available for small or large groups. The Native arts and crafts boutique, scheduled to open in June, will offer local, regional and nation-wide products.

With your support, the Centre can continue to develop and diversify its services. We invite you to drop by and discover the Val d’Or Native Friendship Centre, at the service of First Nations.

Nitahigan ‘96

On Friday, June 14, the Val d’Or Native Friendship Centre will be hosting its third annual benefit supper and show, NITAHIGAN ‘96. This is an important fundraising activity to help finance the Centre’s new building.

The masters of ceremony at this unique Native cultural event will be Florent Voilant, vocal artist and composer of the group Kashtin, and Michele Rouleau, animator of the television series “Nations.”

NITAHIGAN ‘96 will be a memorable experience for all. It will combine a variety of excellent performances by aboriginal artists with a gourmet meal prepared with traditional food. Some of the artists include internationally renowned sculpter Steven Sheshamush, fashion designer Betty Ann Pennier, Inuit opera singer Deantha Edmunds (yes, that’s Deantha Edmunds of The Nation/—Ed.) and Inuit throat singers Annie Alaku and Sarah Sevuaarapik.

NITAHIGAN ‘96 is a proud tribute to the aboriginal culture. Come and experience an unforgettable moment of pride, solidarity, sharing and good relations. Tickets are on sale at $125 per person or $ 1,000 for a table of 10 persons.

For tickets or additional information, please contact the Centre by phone at (819) 825-6857, by fax at (819) 825-7515 or by mail at 1272, 7th Street, Val d’Or (Qc.) J9P 6W6.


Denise Nauss is the Centre’s director of self-financing operations.