A&W Canada teams up with Friendship Centre for National Day of Awareness for MMIWG2S+

Fort McMurray, AB – A&W Canada is teaming up with the Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre (NAFC) to raise awareness and funding support for MMIWG2S+ people with its Burgers for Friendship event on May 5.

The inaugural event will take place at all A&W Fort McMurray locations on the National Day of Awareness for MMIWG2S+ (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit), which coincides with Red Dress Day.


“We are pleased to have local support from A&W on such a significant day,” said NAFC’s Executive Director Stacy Gillingham. “We understand there is more we can do as a community and organization to help bring awareness and provide more preventive measures for our residents. This can be achieved through sharing circles, recovery workshops and prevention programs.”

Starting today, all local A&W locations will begin collecting donations for NAFC. On May 5, A&W will donate $1 from every Teen Burger® sold, in Fort McMurray, to help aid the Friendship Centre in its community initiatives and programming for residents in the Wood Buffalo region.


“Being actively involved in the community is vital for any business and we believe strongly in supporting the communities we do business in,” said Marie Dejon-Cruz, Area Manager – Fort McMurray Region of Western Restaurant Franchises Inc. “Community ties help us establish meaningful connections and cultivate trust in our community.”

To learn more about the programs and services available at the Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre, visit its website at

About the Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre: 

The Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre provides programs and services for Indigenous people living in the Wood Buffalo region. It’s also a place for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to come together, share traditions and learn from one another. As part of the National Association of Friendships Centres, NACF is one of a network of over 100 associations across Canada. 

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