First Light Centre (formerly 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 former 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. Its new name – First Light Centre – reflects a push from the centre toward greater reach and inclusion.

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

The 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 programs. Click here for more information.