About AFDS

Restoring respect, dignity and pride for
Aboriginal Peoples

The Aboriginal Front Door Society is a culturally safe, peer-designed non-judgemental place for Aboriginal Peoples and their friends and family in the Downtown East Side. 

We create hope and offer support through Aboriginal cultural traditions, caring, and acceptance.

We are a meeting place and a drop-in centre with a welcoming environment, providing opportunities to learn more about Aboriginal Peoples and Culture.  When necessary, we can also offer other services, such as serving as a crisis centre, brokering long-term and specialty trauma counseling, and doing court accompaniments.

Our goal is to restore respect, dignity, and pride to our members.

Aboriginal Front Door Society 

Serving Downtown Eastside Residents


DTES Aboriginal people are able to walk through life with love, honour, respect and compassion for all things in creation including themselves, having addressed addictions, dependencies and other issues in a holistic manner using Aboriginal teachings, as much as possible




Respect ~ Dignity ~Value~Culture


The Mission of the Aboriginal Front Door Society is: to secure, develop and operate a safe place for DTES Aboriginal people that will be an entry point to begin the implementation of an Aboriginal specific drug and alcohol strategy in the DTES and will:

  • Be a place where Aboriginal people can experience, learn and participate in traditional Aboriginal culture, teachings and ceremonies as part of their healing journey through life

  • Be a place DTES Aboriginal people can call their own and feel at home, an informal, non-institutional place for people to come in for time out, help and activities

  • Be an accessible storefront, if possible, which will have areas for use and meetings such as a food preparation area, a ceremonial meeting area and a multi-use area

  • Provide leadership through respected Elders and other role models

  • Be developed and operated by and with the DTES Aboriginal people themselves, and

  • Foster, support and encourage personal healing, development, education and employment of the DTES people through the culture, language, ceremonies, traditions and teachings of the Aboriginal people as well as modern conventional and alternative methods.


1. Our services will always be developed and maintained by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people.
2. We will serve our Members with a culturally sensitive way to assist them in assuming responsibly for themselves.
3. We will respect the Members rights to a working relationship of mutual trust, privacy and confidentiality.
4. Adherence to standard essentials of health and safety, as well as the well-being of Member, is fundamental to the quality of life and will be a primary concern.
5. We will respond to unacceptable behavior with respect and compassion while upholding our policies.
6. We will strive to provide our Members with the opportunity for positive change, self-development and personal fulfillment.
7. We are committed to assisting Aboriginal people, with priority given to DTES Aboriginal people.
8. We will not condone dishonesty, fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or violent behavior.
9. We will distinguish clearly between statements and actions made as private individuals and as representatives of agencies or organizations.
10. We will conduct our daily relationships in a respectful manner.
11. We will work for positive change and improvement in the provision of services to Aboriginal people in the spirit of cooperation and the Cultural Traditions.
12. We will support traditional Aboriginal values, knowledge and spiritual practices in developing and providing services to Aboriginal people.
13. We will strive for independent and self-reliant functioning as much as possible.
14. We will liaise and work with other Aboriginal service providers in order to more effectively serve the DTES Aboriginal people.
15. We will follow the guidance of our Elders in following our Traditional Aboriginal Ways in all that we do.

Staff Members

Our friendly staff members vow to treat you with respect and dignity in a professional manner on each visit to our centre. Each member has special skills and expertise to make your visit enjoyable and efficient.You will receive the dignity and respect you deserve. We look forward to your next visit !

Jackson DionneExecutive Directorjdionne@abfrontdoor.org
Candace ParnellTransitions Service Coordinator cparnell@abfrontdoor.org
Nicole LingbananReception and Admin reception@abfrontdoor.org
Robert EppAboriginal Resource Workerrepp@abfrontdoor.org

Board Members

Our Executive Board members vary from many walks in life and offer unparalleled experience in community enrichment services. Each board member is a volunteer and has community interest and seeing DTES persons at heart. We welcome you to apply as a member.

Norm LeechPresident
Matthew ProvostSecretary
Eric AndersonExecutive Board
Don WadhamsBoard Member
Chris LivingstoneBoard Member
Jason La RochelleTreasurer

Created by Jackson Dionne

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The Vision of the Aboriginal Front Door Society is Downtown Eastside (DTES) Aboriginal people are able to walk through life with love, honour, respect, and compassion for all things in creation, including themselves. We will address addictions, dependencies, and other issues in a holistic manner using Aboriginal teachings, as much as possible.


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384 Main Street (off Hastings)
Vancouver, B.C. V6A 2T1

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