Sahwoo mohkaak tsi ma taas (Blackfoot for “Before Being Judged”)

Sahwoo mohkaak tsi ma taas employs a full-time liaison/espoom taah and Indigenous lawyer whose goals are to facilitate access to justice for Indigenous peoples.

Calgary Legal Guidance, with our Indigenous liaison & lawyer, and the guidance of Treaty 7 Elders can support you through:

  • Social Benefit and Advocacy Program (help with AISH and Alberta Works)
  • Homeless Outreach Services (help with tickets, criminal charges, housing, etc.)
  • Family Law Services related to domestic violence
  • Elder Law Legal Services (help with wills and personal directives etc.)
  • Other services such as ID Clinics, “Knowing Your Rights with Law Enforcement” presentations, etc.


Indigenous Access to Justice

Calgary Legal Guidance offers free lawyer services through summary advice clinics offered in partnership with the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary and the Metis Calgary Family Services (see details below). These are offered by an Indigenous lawyer, an Indigenous articling student (a student lawyer in their final year), and support from our Indigenous liaison.

Sahwoo mohkaak tsi ma taas has recognized the barriers in the justice system for Indigenous peoples and is guided by the TRC – Calls to Action, and Elders or Knowledge Keepers from surrounding communities.

We also recognize the need for outreach services. If you are looking for legal education presentations, summary legal advice clinics, and ID clinics for/at your community or organization, please contact us.


Indigenous Legal Clinics

We currently offer the following free Indigenous-focused legal clinics open to the public:

The Indigenous Hub (inside the SORCe)

316 – 7th Ave SE
Date: First Thursday of each month
Time: 9:30 a.m.

In partnership with the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary


Native Network Parent Centre

19 Erin Woods Drive SE
Date: Second Wednesday of each month
Time: 11:00 a.m.

In partnership with Metis Calgary Family Services


We also offer many other clinics around the city. Please contact us for more information.

To contact the sahwoo mohkaak tsi ma taas (Before Being Judged) program, please call 403.716.6491 or come see us at 100, 840 7th Ave SW.