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3,600 Aboriginal people live in Vancouver’s downtown eastside, making it one of the largest reserves in BC. The Aboriginal Front Door Society (AFD) is a place where First Nations people can go for support, healing and direction.
AFD is a result of the vision and commitment of people who wanted to have a sense of direction, and to express what was important to them in their own voice. “It’s a way to find ourselves and heal ourselves properly,” says AFD member Philip Whonnock.
With Vancouver Foundation’s support, AFD runs drop-in programs Monday to Friday in the downtown eastside. It serves 45 to 55 people each morning, and works to get clients clean, sober and into long-term assistance programs.
(Originally aired: 2005)