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The St. John's Native Friendship Centre (SJNFC)

SJNFC is a non-profit, registered charity, community-based association set in the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador that serves the urban Aboriginal population. The Centre provides a wide range of programs and services and is open to all people regardless of heritage.

Programs at the St. John's Native Friendship Centre

The Employment Assistance Program helps build skills and confidence in those seeking to enter the work force through one-on-one job counselling, workshops and training sessions.

The Women's Outreach Program acknowledges the marginalization faced by some Aboriginal women in Canada as a result of Aboriginal status and gender. Whether incarcerated, suffering from abuse, addictions or in need of support and understanding, the Women's Outreach Program adheres to traditional methods of intervention and the implementation of traditionally focused services. The program effectively works towards the restoration of cultural values and an enhanced quality of life.

The Shanawdithit Shelter, open 24-7, can accommodate up to 23 persons requiring temporary accommodation in a safe and secure environment. The centre's services are primarily geared to the particular needs of the visiting Aboriginal community as well as the general public that are in need of temporary accommodations.

The Aboriginal Arts Program aims to promote the provinces Aboriginal visual and performing arts. As needs are identified and resources gathered, training workshops and demonstrations are conducted. There is also an on-site sales outlet retailing many different types of local Aboriginal visual art. There are two drum groups that call the SJNFC home; an Inuit drum and dance group and a First Nations drum group.

The Urban Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative central focus is to educate the urban Aboriginal community in the St. John's metro area about diabetes and to bring awareness about diabetes issues that may affect the community. The program's main goal is the prevention of diabetes, a disease that is having a significant impact upon the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. The program focuses on assisting all Aboriginal people in the urban area and those associated with the SJNFC in developing healthy lifestyles that help prevent the development of diabetes.

The Resolution Health Support Program. This Health Canada sponsored program aims to support those that were subjected to the residential school experience. Two staff member from the Friendship Centre are trained as Resolution Health Support Workers and are available to assist those affected.

The Aboriginal Patient Navigator Program is based in the Health Science Centre, St. John's. The Aboriginal Patient Navigators work as embedded members of a multi-disciplinary team, to support the provision of acute health care services to Aboriginal patients/clients, caregivers and their families. This position acts as a resource for health care providers and Aboriginal patients to ensure care is culturally specific and ethno sensitive. The APN provides a link between Aboriginal communities and Eastern Health care providers and supports Aboriginal peoples understanding of the Provincial health care system.


Mon. to Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Aboriginal Patient Navigators

Solomon Semigak

(709) 777-2110


Katie Dicker

(709) 777-2110

If you require their services after these hours please page the Site Clinical Manager on call @ 709-570-9217, and your call will be re-directed.

For more information on the St. John's Native Friendship Centre contact:

716 Water Street

St. John's, NL

A1E 1C1

Telephone: (709) 726-5902

Shelter: (709) 726-5970

Fax: (709) 726-3557