About Us

BC Chapter History

AFOA BC was founded in 1996 in response to the need for a united voice for those working in the critical fields of Aboriginal finance and administration in this province. The response to AFOA BC was immediate, and it was clear early on that such an organization was needed on a national level.

With our help, AFOA Canada was established in 1999, and there are now AFOA chapters in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic Canada and NWT. Efforts are being made to establish chapters in Nunavut.

Being part of a larger, national body allows AFOA BC to participate in issues at a national level, and gives our own members access to additional resources and information, as well as a wider network of their peers.

Today, AFOA BC has more than 300 members, and we continue to grow in our membership services and offerings.

Healthy, Prosperous Aboriginal Communities

Healthy, prosperous Aboriginal communities rely on effective leadership, solid economic foundations and a strong sense of community pride. This is the premise upon which the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of BC (AFOA) was founded in 1996.


Social, Economic, and Cultural prosperity for all Aboriginal people and communities in BC.

We Are You!

AFOA is people helping people. We support the dedicated individuals working in the fields of Aboriginal finance, administration and governance. By providing the highest quality training and professional development, offering the latest tools and resources, and lobbying for our members’ needs, we work toward a vision of social, economic, and cultural prosperity for all Aboriginal people in BC.

For more on what we do, see our list of Member Benefits.


To support effective leadership in the areas of Aboriginal wealth creation, fiscal management, administration, and governance.


– Professional development
– Community workshops and programs
– Training Conferences
– Prepared Tools and Resources
– Communications and phone support

In a survey of AFOA members, AFOA was ranked above average compared to other organizations that provide similar training.



To advance the knowledge and proficiency of members through education and accreditation.


To promote and maintain professional ‘best practices’ in financial management amongst members through a code of ethics and conduct.


To facilitate the development and implementation of standards for accounting and financial management which meet the needs of First Nations’ Organizations.


To represent members and advocate positions and policies of the Association.


To affiliate with any other Association or corporation having similar objectives or with whom an alliance would be beneficial.

Become A Member

AFOA membership offers good value. In a survey of AFOA BC members, 98% agreed with the statement that AFOA BC membership offers good value. That is something you can get behind!