The Lodgepole Center

Oki, Danit’ada, Âba Wathtech, Kwe, Tansi, Tawnshi, Atelihai, Bonjour, Hello, and welcome to the Lodgepole Center!  

Guided by Elder Council, the Lodgepole Center is a gathering place where you can access Indigenous cultural resources, ceremony, programs and supports, and where you can reflect, recharge, and renew.  It is a dedicated and inclusive space, where all members of AUArts are welcome and it has become a popular meeting spot, showcasing the University’s commitment to Indigenous culture, teachings, art, craft, and design.  

The Lodgepole Center opened in 2016 and was gifted its name by the AUArts Elder Council. It references the main lodgepole that supports a tipi, reflecting the circle of life teachings and at its core, the coming together of all things.

The Lodgepole Center works with Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, Elders, faculty, staff, community organizations, corporate partners, and other post-secondary institutions to provide supports, programming, workshops, and opportunities at AUArts.  The Lodgepole Center is also home to a Student Gallery showcasing art from Indigenous students at AUArts.

Students also have the opportunity to connect with other Indigenous students who are leaders and a part of the Aahwaatkamooksi Peer Mentorship Program. The Peer Mentorship program encourages making strong friendships with other Indigenous students to help navigate programs, resources and supports on and off campus.  In partnership with the Lodgepole Center, Peer Mentors are passionate about building community and creating brave spaces for Indigenous students to share their work and be successful at AUArts. Watch for opportunities where you may be able to participate in student art exhibitions curated by Peer Mentors!  

We look forward to meeting you!

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:

Mary Ann Forbes, Coordinator, Indigenous Student Community

Elder Council

AUArts Elders

Elders are regularly on campus as a part of the Elder in Residence program, are available to provide cultural and spiritual teachings, advising, and support to students, faculty, and staff one-on-one, in the classroom, and with the Lodgepole Center.  
Pictured left to right: Casey Eagle Speaker (Kainai); Darryl Brass Jr. (Cree, Ojibwe, Tsuut'ina); Linda Brass (Tsuut'ina); Ruth Scalp Lock (Blackfoot); Francis Melting Tallow (Blackfoot); Paul Daniels (Stoney Nakoda).
Not pictured: Edmee Comstock (Métis). We would also like to acknowledge one of our founding Elders, Darryl Brass (Obibway/Cree), who has passed away. We are forever grateful for his wisdom and support of the Lodgepole Center.


Our sponsors

Thank you to the Government of Alberta (Access to the Future Fund Initiative) and the Suncor Energy Foundation for their continuing and generous support. 

Alberta Government Suncor Energy

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

Aahwaatkamooksi peer mentorship program

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 peer mentorship program

Dené language revitalization

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

Dené Language Revitalization

Indigenous student funding opportunities

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

Indigenous student funding opportunities