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Community Resources for Mohkinstsis on Treaty 7 land (Calgary AB Canada). Resources outside of Calgary are noted with their location.

The Colour Factor

The Colour Factor is a BIPOC mental health non-profit offering free/by donation mental health events and workshops specifically for BIPOC people. White people are welcome to respectfully join events as allies.

Africa Centre Counseling

The Africa Centre is offering free virtual counseling to Black Albertans. The African Centre is the largest pan-African organization in Western Canada and is a hub of community-based and culturally appropriate resources.

Alberta Black Therapists Network

The Alberta Black Therapists Network is a federally and provincially* registered not for profit organization that promotes an integrated, holistic and collaborative approach to Mental health and addictions services for the Black communities in Alberta. From their website.

Elbow River Lodge

The Elbow River Healing Lodge offers a full range of primary care services and visiting specialists to First Nations (Status and Non-Status), Métis, and Inuit peoples and their families.

Awo Taan

A shelter for women fleeing abuse. Indigenous centered and led.

Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY)

Provides essential programming and services to Calgary’s Indigenous youth. Description directly from website.

Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary

AFCC provides essential Indigenous cultural based programs to a growing Calgary urban Indigenous population. Description from the website.

Indigenous Services at Calgary Public Library

Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples are welcome and invited to speak with an elder. Dates and times are listed in the link. Services are now available virtually. Elder Adrian Wolfleg is a trained counselor.

Aboriginal Futures

Training, Education, and Employment Services for Urban Indigenous People. Description from the website.

Hollow Bone Healing Lodge

An Indigenous healing lodge centered on Indigenous healing and spiritual practices.

Ribbon Rouge

The Ribbon Rouge Foundation serves African, Caribbean and Black people in Alberta, by facilitating systems change, in structural and social factors that lead to poorer health outcomes, including HIV related health outcomes in African, Caribbean, Black communities. Description from the website.

Immigration Outreach Society

Immigrant Outreach Society (IOS) was established to fill the mental health and psychosocial service gaps that exist for black immigrants in Calgary Alberta Canada due to systemic and structural racism. Description from the website.

The Indigenous Hub

The Indigenous Hub, iitaohkanitsini’kotsiiyio’p in Blackfoot, is located at Cross Roads Centre. The Indigenous Hub enables the members of Calgary’s urban Indigenous community to participate and access programming, services, and resources from the collective centre and partnering organizations within one single geographical location. Description from the website.

Latinx LGBTQ of Calgary

A place of celebration, community-building, resources, and events for Latinx LGBTQ+ in Calgary. Description from the FB page.

Un lugar de celebración, comunidad, recursos y eventos para Latinx LGBTQ+ en Calgary.

Queer Youth of Colour – QYOC

A collective dedicated to the safety of queer youth of colour in YYC. Email is the best way to contact QYOC.

Pink Flamingo

Pink Flamingo is a queer and Black-led arts organization empowering QTBIPOC communities. 


Bahaghari, (“rainbow” in Filipino) is building community by and for Trans & 2LGBQIA+ in the FilipinX Diaspora in Mohkinstsis, Treaty 7 Territory (Calgary, Alberta). Description is directly from the FB page.

Treaty 7 Film Collective

In the spirit of our ancestors, we welcome artists, filmmakers, and storytellers on treaty 7 land to collaborate and create community. Description is directly from the FB page.

Recovery College at CMHA

Free mental health classes from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) on a variety of subjects to help with your healing and recovery journey. An Indigenous smudge and resources are available. There are BIPOC peer support workers at the downtown location. Classes are now being offered virtually.

Wellness Desk – Calgary Public Library

The Calgary Public Library, in partnership with Woods Homes, is offering free mental health/addictions support and consultations (now offered virtually). The link also contains an extensive list of general mental health resources available in Calgary.

Calgary Society for Equity in Technology (CSET)

CSET aims to provide free and low-cost access to technology and tech education to anyone residing in YYC.

Center for Newcomers – LGBTQ+ Services

Resources for LGBTQ+ newcomers.

Community Mediation Calgary Society (CMCS)

A free mediation and conflict resolution service in Calgary. This is not a BIPOC specific resource but valuable nonetheless.

Calgary Legal Guidance offers free and confidential legal advice at evening clinics and outreach clinics to low income Calgarians who do not qualify for Legal Aid. In particular, Calgary Legal Guidance provides those facing cultural, financial or other kinds of barriers. This is not a BIPOC specific resource but valuable nonetheless. Description is directly from the website.

Shades of Colour Community YEG – Edmonton

Shades of Colour is a QTBIPOC community resource based out of Edmonton AB.

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.

Audre Lorde – intellectual, writer and activist

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