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Spirit Song Festival 2018 leaves attendees in high spirits – The Western Star

Bathing in the soft glow of stage lights in the Cochrane Street United Church, the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre celebrated its rebranding as First Light St. John’s Friendship Centre, with a series of beautiful musical performances.

The 2018 Spirit Song Festival was held Saturday, with a family-friendly early start at 7 p.m.

After a short introduction from MC Chris Sheppard, executive director of First Light, the festival kicked off with a short opening prayer and land acknowledgement from Emma Reelis, a local elder and First Light president, who happily welcomed all Indigenous and non-Indigenous attendees to the evening’s festivities.

Another elder, Marjorie Muise, then performed an honour song, before a video introduction of the friendship centre’s new brand.

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