Lodgepole Center

The naming of the Lodgepole Center was provided by the AUArts Elder Council to reflect the supportive nature of a Lodgepole.

The naming of the Lodgepole Center was provided by the AUArts Elder Council to reflect the supportive nature of a Lodgepole. This gathering place facilitates Elder advising, supports traditional ceremonies, workshops, sharing circles and more.

All members of AUArts are welcome to attend events as the Lodgepole Center is a dedicated and all-inclusive space.

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

If you have any questions please contact:

Joleyne Mayers-Jaekel, Manager, Student Life and Wellness​

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the campus is currently physically closed, however, the Lodgepole Center will continue to provide community activities, student support, Elder advising, and the Aawaatkamooksi Peer Mentorship program remotely via email and MS Teams conferencing. 

Left to right: Elder Casey Eagle Speaker; Elder Darryl Brass Jr.; Elder Linda Brass; Elder Ruth Scalplock; Elder Francis Melting Tallow; Elder Paul Daniels.

Missing: Elder Edmee Comstock 

AUArts' 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)

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

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)

Aahwaatkamooksi peer mentorship program

Aahwaatkamooksi is a mentorship program for Indigenous students that offers access to older students and Elders in the community to support their academic, personal and cultural growth.

Indigenous student funding opportunities

There are funding and grant opportunities available for Indigenous post-secondary students.

Dené language revitalization

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