Social Enterprise & Training

sm caribouslippersTo better prepare ourselves and our community for the future we have created a Training and Social Enterprise Program. This program helps get people back on their own two feet while ensuring the Centre can continue helping people well in to the future.

Check out the program descriptions below!


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Employment and Housing Services

We help community members prepare for their future with employment and housing services. This program is aimed at helping our Shelter Clients move on to the next stage in their lives while providing them with the support services necessary for a successful transition.


If you are interested in our employment or housing services please contact us.

Aboriginal Diversity Training

Our Aboriginal Cultural Diversity Training is a series of workshops designed to increase knowledge, enhance awareness, and strengthen the skills of those who work both directly and indirectly with the Aboriginal community.

This is a great professional development opportunity which can help your organization in your awareness, as well as your work with the Aboriginal population we have here in our province. Understanding Aboriginal culture is key to being able to provide culturally sensitive programming to clients, as well as recruiting/retaining Aboriginal employees. 


Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register yourself or a group for one of our sessions. For more information on the different sessions we offer, as well as pricing information, please download our information sheet here


See below for our Fall Training Schedule for sessions open to the public.

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Shanawdithit Shelter

The Shanawdithit Shelter is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can accommodate up to 23 people
requiring temporary housing. As the Shelter receives no outside funding it operates on a fee for service
basis and works with funders to ensure individuals requiring services are accommodated.

The Shelter, while open to all people, is primarily geared towards the particular needs of the visiting
Aboriginal community who are in St. John`s temporarily for medical services.

The following are a list of services and amenities that the Shelter is pleased to offer:

Free laundry services
Wireless internet
Common room equipped with a computer and children’s toys and books
Flat screen television with cable
Each room has a private telephone for local calls
Quality linins and towels
Kitchen that serves a menu based on the Canada Food Guide and is Diabetic Friendly. We are also able to accommodate other diets such as gluten free, sodium free etc.
While staying at the Shelter clients may avail of all St. Johns Native Friendship Center Programs
Shuttle services are available for shopping and non-medical related areas for a small fee

Aboriginal Arts Program

This program promotes the province’s rich Aboriginal Culture through visual and performing arts.

The St. John’s Native Friendship Centre has an on-site outlet which exhibits artwork available for purchase from local Aboriginal artists. The Arts program plays a key role in promoting Aboriginal artists and raising the profile of the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre in the community. Art items are often displayed and sold at community events in St. John’s and across the province. This program makes a positive contribution to the local and provincial economy all while celebrating the value of local Aboriginal artists.

To view more images on our arts and other programs/events, Visit our Facebook!