The Lodgepole Center

AUArts in the company of its esteemed Elder Council and invited guests held a pipe ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Lodgepole Center on September 21, 2016.

The name, Lodgepole Center, was given by AUArts's Elder Council to reflect the supportive nature of the lodgepole, traditionally placed at the center of the tipi to carry the weight of the covering.

The gathering place facilitates Elder advising and support, traditional ceremonies and workshops, sharing circles and more. All members of AUArts are welcome to attend as the Lodgepole Center is a dedicated and all-inclusive space.

We invite you to learn and participate in our Indigenous community events on campus, stop by for a quiet place to study, meet with groups or teams, ask questions, smudge, or participate in traditional ceremonies.

The Lodgepole Center is located on the third floor in Room 375 and the hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you have any questions please call 403-284-7600 or email

It takes a great village to build a lodge and the Lodgepole Center would like to thank the following people:

AUArts's Elder Council*:

Elder Advisor Casey Eagle Speaker (Blood)

Linda Brass (Sarcee)

Edmee Comstock (Metis)

Francis Melting Tallow (Blackfoot),

Paul Daniels (Stoney Nakoda)

Ruth Scalplock (Blackfoot)

*One of our founding elders Darryl Brass (Ojibway/Cree) passed away recenly and we are forever grateful for his wisdom and support of the Lodgepole Center.

AUArts's Students, Alumni, Faculty + Staff:

Dr. Daniel Doz (President + CEO)

Marianne Elder (Former Associate Vice President, Student Affairs)

Alison Miyauchi (Former Acting Vice President, Research + Academic Affairs) Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal (Himmelspach) (Former Interim Aboriginal Liason and Alumni, BFA)
Richard Brown (Former Chair, School of Visual Art) Charles Bell (Former Chair, School of Communications Design)
Office of Engagment

Office of Admissions + Recruitment

Office of Student Affairs Office of Finance

The opening of our Lodgepole Center wouldn’t have happened without the continuing and generous support of the Government of Alberta (Access to the Future Fund Initiative) and the Suncor Energy Foundation.


*The Lodgepole Logo was designed by Kristy North Peigan (Alumni, BDes)

Dené Language Revitalization

The Dené Language Revitalization program was a free 10-week course taught by Tsuut’ina Language Commissioner and Elder Bruce Starlight.