Council - Grande Prairie

Grande Prairie Aboriginal Circle of Services

2017/18 Co-Chairs

Kelly Benning, Shannon Dunfield


Grande Prairie Aboriginal Circle of Services is an inter-agency group that works in partnership to strategically plan,to strengthen the services for Aboriginal people in the city of Grande Prairie and area.


Our mission is to find solutions that honor and respect Aboriginal people’s culture, traditions, heritage, values and beliefs. We believe the value to membership and the Community includes:

  • An understanding of the Aboriginal Community is brought to the general public. The general public can tap into the Aboriginal community for information, education, assistance, etc.
  • Grande Prairie Aboriginal Circle of Services is a forum for bringing Aboriginal issues to community agencies.
  • Aboriginal people have a united voice.
  • Aboriginal ways of helping are valued and utilized.
  • Aboriginal community leaders are identified and can be called upon to provide service.
  • Member agencies can provide better services through networking.
  • Service providers have support through sharing and networking.
  • Access to services is improved – more effective and more efficient.
  • Resources in the community are identified and better utilized.
  • Member agencies and organizations have opportunities to showcase and share their services and resources.
  • Grande Prairie Aboriginal Circle of Services affirms that the Aboriginal community has solutions and the capacity to deal with their issues in a way that is culturally appropriate.

Terms of Reference


City of Grande Prairie Proclamation with GPACOS


The Grande Prairie Aboriginal Circle of Services(GPACOS) is an informal information sharing network that is hosted by Community Social Services (CSS), Northwest Alberta.There are two elements to the interagency: the monthly meeting and the email network platform.  Members are invited to attend meetings when they can and sign up to receive email correspondence that helps share program, event and referral information.

We try to keep the information relevant to our catchment area and can share out to the other Aboriginal Interagency email networks in High Prairie, High Level and Peace River when regional initiatives come up.


GPACOS meets once per month, from September through June on the fourth Tuesday and are open for anyone to take part; membership is inclusive, flexible and diverse.  It is not require that everyone attends every meeting.  Below is a listing of the meetings that will be held during the upcoming year.  All meetings are held at the Grande Prairie Museum 10329 101 Avenue, from 10:00 am -12:00 pm, unless otherwise determined.

2017-18 Meeting Schedule


GPACOS promotes a collaborative and holistic approach while engaging in solutions-based dialogue that embraces culture and history, and strives to enhance individual and community work towards the best possible outcomes for Aboriginal children, families and communities.  Our informal format provides an open avenue for agency representatives, community members to network with one another and share ideas, resources and programming information. We have the following standing sub-committee the Grande Prairie Round Dance Committee.  On occasion other subcommittees may be formed if need arises.  Attendance is open to anyone and we do not require that everyone attends every meeting.

If you have anything that you would like added to the meeting’s agenda, or if you would like to do a short presentation about your programs and services at a meeting, please contact Wendy Goulet.  We do have AV equipment available. 

Please keep in mind the round table portion of our meetings will not be recorded.  For more information, including each of the four regional Aboriginal Interagency Committee’s (AIC) vision, mission, terms of reference, co-chair’s name and contact, visit the AIC website.  The AIC website also has a mass of information and resources that impact Aboriginal issues so please feel free to explore.  If you have any questions contact Michelle or Wendy at:

( / 780-538-5475) or ( 780-624-6316).




Back to Top



Follow Us

Facebook Twitter Peace River Pow Wow  

Facebook Peace River AIC

Facebook High Prairie AIC

Facebook High Level - North West AIC


Aboriginal Interagency Committee
Bag 900-17, 2nd Floor 9715-100st
Peace River, AB T8S 1T4
ph: (780) 624-6316
fax: (780) 624-7108