The Wakhohtowin Lodge opened in November 2015, with a grand opening celebration in March 2016.
All students are welcome to use the space to meet, work, relax, and play. Walk through the lower level of the Forum to see the ongoing results of collaboration between Aboriginal students; Elders and Cultural Advisors from neighbouring Indigenous communities; Augustana Campus students, staff and faculty; and University of Alberta architects and planners.
Follow the paths traced on the ground, which converge at the site of the Elders’ room. Gaze up at a ceiling feature that evokes the Nehiyaw (Cree) tipi outside the Faith and Life Centre. Take a seat against the trees lining the south wall, reminiscent of a beaver’s lodge.
As you sit under the shimmering stars in the lounge area, work at the bar-style tables, take part in a seminar, or access services in the new Aboriginal Students Office, look at the pillars and at the glass partition walls that surround the programming room. Imagine the works of contemporary Indigenous artists wrapped around the pillars. Picture etchings on the glass bringing colour and movement to the space. These artistic and cultural elements, soon to come, will be inclusive of many Métis, First Nations and Inuit communities. They will invite visitors to learn more about Aboriginal cultures and encourage Aboriginal students to make the space their own.
More information on the space is available in the Wahkohtowin Lodge brochure. We encourage everyone to make use of this beautiful and important addition to our campus. Please feel welcome to use and engage with the space and to visit the Aboriginal Student Advisor in the Aboriginal Students Office (room L1-030) if you would like a tour! Augustana employees can book the Wahkohtowin Lodge using Rom. Off-campus users and students should inquire about use with the Aboriginal Student Advisor.