NEED HELP NOW?

If this is an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Call 9-1-1 when there is an emergency where life, safety, or property is in immediate danger or there is a crime in progress.

For Alberta 24/7 Community and Social Services Helpline, call 2-1-1 or find resources online at https://ab.211.ca/

Resource to find social supports and organizations that can help with anything from shoes to food to housing

For Crisis Diversion, call 2-1-1 and press 3 for 24/7 Crisis Diversion.

If you see or know someone in crisis (mental health, shelter, intoxication), reach out to Crisis Diversion for help.

For Mental Health Supports, call Access 24/7 – Addictions and Assessment

Provides a single point of access to adult addiction and mental health community-based programs in Edmonton

For Alberta Health Link, call 8-1-1

Get health advice from a registered nurse or to book a vaccination.

For Crisis Support or Immediate Mental Health Support for Indigenous People Call Hope for Wellness 24/7 Help Line: 1-855-242-3310

Available to all Indigenous peoples across Canada who are seeking immediate crisis intervention.

For Edmonton Police Services non-emergency line, call (780) 423-4567

To report non-violent crimes or incidences that are not currently happening.

For Legal Aid Alberta, call 1-866-845-3425

An Alberta-wide organization that provides affordable legal services in family law, domestic violence, child welfare, immigration, and youth and adult criminal defense.

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS SUPPORTS

Counselling Services

First Nation and Inuit

Eligible First Nations and Inuit are qualified for 20 hours of counselling each year through Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB), and even more if approved by your psychologist.

  • See Government of Canada’s webpage on Mental health Counselling Benefits for more information and details about eligibility.
    • Please note some communities, such as Bigstone Cree First Nation, do not go through NIHB for mental health benefits, please contact your band for counselling supports if they are not covered by NIHB.
  • Contact First Nation Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) for the most up to date list of psychologists in your area:
    • Alberta Region General FNIHB inquiries:
      • Telephone: 780-495-2694 | Toll free: 1-800-232-7301
Members of the Metis Nation of Alberta

While the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) does not currently have in-house mental health supports, they do have a supports and services navigator who can assist citizens with finding low cost, or no cost mental health supports. Additionally, through a partnership with Alberta Blue Cross and Homewood Health, Métis citizens of all ages can now access up to 12 hours of free, professional, confidential, and culturally sensitive counselling. For more information, check out MNA’s website or call MNA’s Mental Wellness Program at 1-877-729-0261.

Residential School Survivors and their Families

Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program – (IRSRHSP)
Phone Toll free: 1-888-495-6588
The Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program provides mental health, emotional and cultural support services to eligible former Indian Residential School students and their families throughout all phases of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement

MMIWG2 Survivors

National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Toll-free Support Phone Line: 1-844-413-6649

Open to Everyone – Low-Cost Counselling

Crisis and Support Lines

INDIGENOUS FOCUSED
OPEN to All

Experiencing Violence or Abuse?

If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1

Shelters

  • Shelter Safe – Find Shelters in Alberta
  • Government of Alberta – Find Shelters
    Shelters for family violence, including women’s emergency shelters, second stage housing senior’s emergency shelters, and homelessness including homeless shelters, short-term supportive housing, long-term supportive housing

Victim Supports

Social Supports

Income Supports

  • Alberta Supports – 1-877-644-9992
    Find and apply for services and benefits for work or training, low income, disabilities, personal safety, homelessness, and more.
  • Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) – 310-0000
    Income Support Contact Centre – 1 (866) 644-5135
    Financial help for Albertans who do not have the resources to meet their basic needs. 

Health

  • Royal Alex – Indigenous Cultural Helper Services – 780-432-8747
    This program provides service to First Nations (Status and Non-Status), Métis and Inuit clients and their families, to feel comfortable in hospital, make referrals, provide advocacy, and help plan and support a client’s discharge from hospital.
  • Boyle McCauley Health Centre – 780-422-7333
    Community-based health centre that serves Edmonton’s inner city

Other Resources

Robert P. Lee – Victim Rights Law

Phone: (780) 800-5584 | Fax: (780) 800-5584 | Email: Leerobertp@netscape.net

Services
  • Child Welfare Class Action #2 — Inadequate Service Planning and Kidnapping
  • Compensation for victims of crime
  • Individual lawsuits
  • Basic wills, power of attorney and personal directives
  • Commissioner of Oaths and Notary Public

Aboriginal Alert

An online resource for missing persons in Canada.
Follow on Facebook | Follow on Twitter
Email: info@aboriginalalert.ca
Submit Missing Person Information on Aboriginal Alert – Link

Student Legal Services of Edmonton-Pro Bono Students Canada

Phone: (780) 492-8287 | Email: pbsc@ualberta.ca

Services
  • Providing legal information (NOT legal advice)
  • Research legal issues that are relevant
  • Produce reports of law, policies and procedures
  • Assisting in short-term research projects

Conferences

  • Increasing Safety for Aboriginal Women, 2014
  • Mamowichitowin Women’s Gathering, 2014
  • Love Conference, 2012
  • Strong Women, Strong Communities, 2008
  • Alberta Aboriginal Women’s Summit, 2007, 2008
  • “Systemic Discrimination and the Justice System”, 2002
  • Systemic Discrimination Against Aboriginal Women – 10 Mini Conferences, 2001
  • “Aboriginal Women’s Human Rights Symposium”, 2000
  • “Gathering Our Strength” Violence Against Aboriginal Women, 1998
  • Reunion of the “Voice of Alberta Native Women’s Association”, 1998
  • “Let Our Voice Be Heard” Aboriginal Women’s Summit, 1997

Projects and Initiatives Completed

Presentation to the United Nations Rapporteur Professor James Anaya Oct 11, 2013
Edmonton Social Planning Council – Poverty Profile January 2015

Training and Research

Community Training
  • Online Business Training 2012
  • Time of the Buffalo, Youth Human Rights 2009
  • Pathfinders Community Workshops 2009
  • Roles & Rights of Aboriginal Women, 2008
  • Esquao Inc.—Entrepreneurial and wellness training, 2007
  • Mediation and Advocacy training 1997-02
  • Family Violence workshops 1998
  • Human Rights training in 1995, 1998, 2007 including Train-the-Trainers program
Community Research Projects
  • Documentation of Crimes Against Aboriginal Women and report
  • “The Examination of the Impact of Aboriginal Cross-Cultural Training on City Police and RCMP Officers as it affects Aboriginal Women”
  • “Aboriginal Women and the Protection Against Family Violence Act” Impacts
  • Community Consultations on Communication, Capacity & Unity
  • “We Have Cried Enough” – developing an Edmonton action plan for recommendations of the Stolen Sisters campaign.
  • “Increasing Safety for Aboriginal Women Report – Community Action Plan”, Jan 2014

IAAW supports capacity building of Aboriginal Women to address their own needs through training and community-based research and dissemination of reports.


Publications

  • Our Breaking Point
    Contributions from Indigenous women about the injustice that they face
  • Our Women in Uniform
    Memories from Aboriginal women who served in the military in World War II
  • Resources for Aboriginal Women in Alberta
    Primary research into the role of Aboriginal Women in decision-making processes
  • The Rights Path – AlbertaThird edition
    Human rights information for Aboriginal people
  • It Takes Courage
    Human Rights for Aboriginal youth Booklet
  • Can You Hear Us?
    Aboriginal Women’s Community Resource Kit
    Social Inclusion of Aboriginal Women in Canada
  • Support for Victims of Violence
    Pocket-sized brochure for information and support
  • Circle of Sisterhood
    Findings of community consultations with Aboriginal women
  • We Are One
    Report on 2008 Alberta Women’s Summit