Moving can be challenging for anyone. We’re here for you!

The New in Town Aboriginal Welcome Service is the first of its kind in Canada. We welcome and support Aboriginal families and individuals who are new to Edmonton. Our service is coordinated, mobile, culturally driven, hands-on, and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can point you in the right direction and refer you to appropriate services such as employment, elder services, housing, culture, and education.

Our aim is to help newcomers:

– have strong ties to home

– feel culturally connected

– establish positive relationships and networks


New in Town is a project by Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society in partnership with Boyle Street Community Services and Boyle Street Aboriginal Services. Rapid changes associated with urban living, loss of traditional supports, difficulty in identifying and accessing services, and trouble getting housing, employment, education, and child and health care for various reasons are some of challenges that newcomers might confront. The organizations recognized a need to assist people transitioning to Edmonton whether they are planning to move here, already live here, or are moving back.


More About Us

Patti Brady talks about the New in Town Aboriginal Welcome Service.


In The Press

AMMSA – New Program to Aid Aboriginal Transition to City

Edmonton Journal – Easing the Culture Shock Aboriginal Newcomers Face in the Big City

AMMSA – Centre Operators Look to the City of Edmonton for Support

CBC Interview with Rick Harp. March, 19, 2012