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.
Aahwaatkamooksi is a Blackfoot word translating in English to ‘creating friendships.’ The goal of this program is to provide specialized, holistic support to Indigenous students to reduce attrition rates and create leadership opportunities while increasing overall educational attainment in art, craft and design education. Experienced senior Indigenous students (mentors) will be paired with first-year Indigenous students (mentees) to support collaborative learning and help them with their transition to post-secondary education. Mentors have trained through a comprehensive and holistic training process, which will enhance their educational experience and foster leadership. The Aahwaatkamooksi Peer Mentorship Program was made possible through the generous funding of Suncor Energy Foundation, who sponsored the creation of the Lodgepole Center at AUArts.