716 Water Street, St. John’s, NL, A1E 1C1

Tel: (709) 726-5902

Shelter: (709) 726-5970

Website: www.sjnfc.com

Fax: (709) 722-0874

Twitter: FirstLight_NL                           

Email: info@firstlightnl.ca

Instagram: FirstlightNL

Facebook: @SJNativeFriendship



Mandate: To serve the urban Indigenous and non-Indigenous community alike by providing programs and services rooted in the revitalization, strengthening and celebration of Indigenous cultures and languages in the spirit of trust, respect, and friendship

Target Population: Everyone, with a focus on those who identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) and their families.


Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

Community Programs:

  • Inuit Gathering Circle
  • Community Cultural Circle
  • Men’s Drumming
  • Women’s Zumba, co-ed Yoga, and Competitive teams also play each Monday in the St. John’s Metro Volleyball League.
  • Tea & Sharing
  • Mi’kMaq Women’s Circle
  • Community


Youth Programs:

  • Youth Employment Services
  • Youth Drumming
  • Play Group
  • Turtle Island Summer Camp
  • After School Program:
    • The Royal Eagles Backpack program: Returning to school in the fall can be a very stressful time for students and their Often, a major stressor is the added expense of school supplies.
  • Healthy Snack Program: Funded by the Kids Eat Smart Foundation, the Healthy Snack Program provides participants with a nutritional snack
  • Homework Program: September to June, Monday to Friday staff are available between the hours of 2:00pm-4:00pm for homework help or Tutoring occurs at the request of parents or youth. Staff are available to work one on one with youth to help meet their individual needs.

Other Supports:

  • Employment and Housing Services
  • Aboriginal Diversity Training
  • Shanawdithit Shelter
  • Aboriginal Arts Program
  • Healing Circle
  • Spirit Horse
  • Counselling
  • Cultural Support
  • Aboriginal Patient Navigator Program: a link between Aboriginal communities and Eastern Health care provide