Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society

Shield, support, and empower against family violence.

The Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society is a 32 bed full-service women’s emergency shelter in Calgary, Alberta, dedicated to providing services to women and children from all cultures.  Our shelter operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with both on-site and on-call counsellors available at all times.

Women and children can stay at the shelter for a period of up to three weeks. Awo Taan supports clients with the resources to help ensure they do not return to an abusive situation. If clients require shelter beyond the three-week maximum, extended stays may be arranged or referrals to other helping agencies can be facilitated.

The name Awo Taan means “shield” in the Blackfoot language.  The shelter embodies a protective shield for women and children fleeing family violence. By offering a unique atmosphere where the traditional wholistic and spiritual teachings of Indigenous peoples are practiced, Awo Taan provides a culturally responsive and highly effective environment for families to move beyond trauma.

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Awo Taan provides a range of culturally sensitive programs to help our clients, many of whom include Aboriginal women and their family members.   We offer dedicated programs for women, children, parents, and families to address immediate & long-term needs of individuals affected by family violence & all abuse. > Read More


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