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

Traditionally, the Lodgepole is placed at the centre of the tipi to carry the weight of the covering.

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 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 recently 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)

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.