Chief Clarence Louie, Osoyoos Indian Band:
"Nobody can afford poverty. Poverty is not only socially harmful but from an economic point-of view it is counterproductive. When you are in it, poverty is extremely costly. It will cost you your health and education, your home and job and possibly your life. Poverty is a budget item that requires all of our attention. The Osoyoos Indian Band addresses the cost by creating revenues and jobs. The Aboriginal Front Door Society tackles the issue in Canada's poorest neighbourhood by providing essential services. We support the Aboriginal Front Door Society and encourage you to do the same."
Leonard George, Director Economic Development, and Elder, Tsleil-Waututh Nation:
"54% of the Aboriginal population in Canada lives in urban centres. One of the largest Aboriginal communities congregates here in Vancouver, in the heart of our traditional territory. It is our role as the traditional stewards of this land to act as advocates for Aboriginal people, culture, title and rights. The Aboriginal Front Door Society serves Aboriginal people from across the country and is a voice for the vulnerable, the poor and for the women in the Downtown Eastside. We are pleased to combine our efforts and to support the organization. "
Stewart Anderson, Manager Aboriginal Banking, Vancity:
Vancity operates within the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people. We work in partnership with Aboriginal not-for-profit organizations to support community development and independence. We support the Aboriginal Front Door as the organization provides important services to the urban Aboriginal community of the Downtown Eastside."