Guided by our Elder Council, the Lodgepole Center is an Indigenous gathering place for students, faculty and staff on campus. It’s a dedicated and inclusive space, and all members of AUArts are welcome.
Lodgepole Center (LPC) was gifted its name by the AUArts Elder Council and references the main lodgepole that supports a tipi, reflecting the circle of life teachings and at its core, the coming together of all things. Since opening in 2016, the LPC is more than living up to its name, hosting programs and providing access to cultural resources for both Indigenous and non- Indigenous students, staff, faculty and members of the public.
The Lodgepole Center successfully supports programming in health & wellness, traditional & cultural education, community involvement and personal development. Every initiative under the Lodgepole Center speaks to community and campus inclusion.
Health & Wellness
- Indigenous Perspectives on Mental Health workshops
- One on one support
Traditional & Cultural Teachings
- Elder in Residence program
- Elder teachings and classroom visits
- Orange Shirt Day
- National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21)
- Aahwaatkamooksi Peer Mentorship Program
- Experiential learning
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.
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.
If you have any questions please contact:
Joleyne Mayers-Jaekel, Manager, Student Life and Wellness
The AUArts Elder Council is an advisory board for the Lodgepole Center’s Indigenous programming. In addition to their advisory roles, guidance and rotating service with our Elder in Residence program, the Elders provide support with traditional ceremonies, teachings, workshops, sharing circles, blessings and one on one consultations.
Pictured left to right: Elder Casey Eagle Speaker (Kainai); Elder Darryl Brass Jr. (Cree, Ojibwe, Tsuut'ina); Elder Linda Brass (Tsuut'ina); Elder Ruth Scalplock (Blackfoot); Elder Francis Melting Tallow (Blackfoot); Elder Paul Daniels (Stony Nakoda).
Not in this photo: Elder Edmee Comstock (Metis). We would also like to acknowledge one of our founding Elders, Darryl Brass (Obibway/Cree) who has passed away and for whom 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)