St. John's Native Friendship Centre

About: Centre celebrating and supporting indigenous cultures and communities
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Tel: (709) 726-5902
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As it name says, the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre (SJNFC) is dedicated to celebrating and supporting indigenous cultures and communities with programs based on trust, respect and friendship.

The organization started in the late 70s when volunteers provided basic programs to urban-Aboriginal people. Now the Centre has a staff of 38, and the program offerings are comprehensive and holistic: Mental Health, Culture and Recreation, Child and Youth Programs, Social Enterprise and Shanawdithit Shelter. Youth programs are focused on developing leadership skills.

The SJNFC is about community, and it works to bring together indigenous and non-indigenous populations in Newfoundland and Labrador. Because of its diverse services, the SJFNC collaborates with many other community organizations and partners – the Status of Women,Marguerite’s Place, Memorial University, government agencies, and other local communities and businesses are among them.

The SJNFC Spirit Song Festival is an annual event filled with richness, culture, colour and sound, and it is an invitation to the wider community.   This year the focus is on reconciliation through collaboration – collaborative efforts between indigenous and non-indigenous artist performers and visual arts.   For the first time it will take place at the GEO Centre.   Helping hands are welcome for the Spirit Song Festival, as well as other SJFNC programs. Click here for more information.