About the SJNC
The Saint John Newcomers Centre acknowledges that it carries out its work on the traditional unceded territory of the Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet). This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet), Mi’kmaq and Passamaquoddy Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1726. The treaties did not deal with the surrender of lands and resources, but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.
Wəlastəkwewiyik means "People of the Beautiful River," in Maliseet.
The Saint John Multicultural Newcomers Resource Centre inc., commonly known as The Saint John Newcomers Centre (SJNC), is a non-profit, non-political, and non-religious organization.
Founded in 2009, the purpose of the SJNC is to improve the cultural, social, and economic well-being of citizens and newcomers of all backgrounds to Greater Saint John and to promote equality for all cultural groups.
The objectives of the SJNC are:
a) To collaborate between service providers and volunteer-run organizations serving the communities of the Greater Saint John area to further interests of newcomers;
b) To celebrate multiculturalism within our region;
c) To promote equality for all ethno-cultural groups;
d) To serve as a central location where all citizens and newcomers to our region can gain access to community services and information;
e) To foster a welcoming and supportive environment.