About Awo Taan


Our Vision

Nurturing families living in peace.

Our Mission

To provide community services guided by Native traditional teachings, to anyone affected by family violence and abuse.

The Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society: Shield.

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Protection and support against family violence and all form of abuse. The Awo Taan Healing Lodge (formerly Awo Taan Native Women's Shelter Society) is a 32-bed, full service emergency shelter that provides services to women and children from all cultures.

Our shelter operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are on-site and on-call counselors 24 hours a day. Women and children stay at the shelter for a period of up to three weeks. If shelter is required beyond that period, clients may arrange for an extended stay or are referred to other agencies. Awo Taan supports clients with the resources to help ensure they do not return to an abusive situation.

Appropriately named “Awo Taan”, which means “shield” in the Blackfoot language, the shelter is blanketed in a unique atmosphere where the traditional wholistic and spiritual teachings of the Aboriginal people’s Medicine Wheel are practiced.

This approach benefits Aboriginal women and their children in helping them through the healing process within the comfort of their community.

The Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society is dedicated to supporting the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual healing and wellbeing of women during their time of crisis and beyond. The shelter offers a full range of in-house crisis and outreach crisis, healing, and prevention programs. There is also a children’s program to ensure each child’s emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual healing and wellbeing are supported as well.

Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society is A Women's Emergency Shelter in Calgary, Alberta