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


Sahwoo mohkaak tsi ma taas employs a full-time liaison/espoom taah, Indigenous lawyer, and Indigenous articling student whose goals are to facilitate access to justice for Indigenous peoples, by helping people understand how to use the legal system to reach their goals.


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


Helping You Access Justice

Our Indigenous liaison can provide cultural support to people accessing any of CLG’s programs. Cultural support can mean help getting access to an elder, or ceremony. It can mean having an Indigenous person present with you in meetings or at court.


Our Indigenous lawyer provides legal services in the following areas:

  • Aboriginal law issues such as membership, on-reserve housing, treaty, and day school
  • Small claims court
  • Employment law
  • Human rights law
  • Criminal law and tickets
  • Limitations, land claims and other legal questions

Sometimes we are able to give free legal representation to people who need lawyers. In other cases, we provide legal information and referrals. We hope to always provide our services in a culturally appropriate way that makes your legal problem easier to understand and deal with.


Indigenous Outreach


Normally we offer two monthly clinics with the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary, at their location at the Hub. We also provide legal information sessions, summary advice legal clinics, and ID clinics upon request.

Under the current circumstances we are working on a way to continue offering legal and educational services. If you are, or your organization is in need of service please let us know.

To contact the Sahwoo mohkaak tsi ma taas program, please call our liaison Lana at 403-716-6491 or our lawyer Sarah at 587-349-7998.