Our History
The history of the Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre dates back to 1963-65 when a group of people worked together in search of a meeting place geared towards native culture and common interests to help alleviate the loneliness of young native people working for INCO and to provide a kind of social club for those already here. The late Gordon Beard, then MP of Churchill, donated such a place, which is now known as the Strand Building. INCO also assisted in the purchase of items required for entertainment and social gatherings, etc.

As the town of Thompson grew, the original group disbanded and the Centre disappeared. The Friendship Centre movement was re-established in 1967-70, when, the first Thompson-Manitoba Metis Federation Local, began endeavours to initiate a Friendship Centre. In approaches to local and provincial politicians, as well as INCO, there was again a strong response.

The Migration Centre was operated by M.M.F. until 1978, when a Tripartite Agreement between M.M.F. - Thompson Region , Ma-Mow-We-Tak Centre and the Province of Manitoba saw the Migration Centre pass into the hands of a separate Board to operate the Friendship Centre and Hostel facilities, separate from the M.M.F.

Ma-Mow-We-Tak Centre became incorporated on June 15,1976. In 1982 the Centre changed its name from "Ma-Mow-We-Tak Centre Inc." to "Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre Inc." Through the years the Centre has achieved extensive growth and now employs more than 60 staff and offers numerous programs and services to the community.


For two decades the Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre Inc. has offered support to Aboriginal people making the transition from life on the reserve or isolated communities to urban life in Thompson. It operates as a non-sectarian, non-political, non-profit, charitable organization, geared to meeting the needs of Aboriginal people in Thompson. It works in cooperation with the community and other organizations to provide programs and services in relation to social, educational, cultural and recreational needs of all persons of Aboriginal Ancestry without regard to status. The Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre Inc. is maintained by full-time, part-time and volunteer staff and governed by the policies set by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors are comprised of eleven community members who are elected at the Annual General Assembly.

The Board of Directors consists of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and seven other Directors. The meetings of the Board are conducted once a month, excluding the months of July and August. The Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre Inc. provides services for, not only the City of Thompson, but to several outlying communities of Northern Manitoba. We offer a Hostel and kitchen facility for people/patients traveling into Thompson. As we do house many clients from out of town, the Interpreter/Escort service is utilized quite extensively, for clients who require assistance in either language or mobility. Our business ventures are successful in that they have brought the Centre a step closer to the goal of self-sufficiency. Multiple programs and services are offered to meet the holistic needs of Aboriginal people of all ages.