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 forest.
The Lodge was created in the spirit of wahkohtowin, a Nehiyaw (Plains Cree) concept related to "kinship." Wahkohtowin refers to the ties of mutuality and reciprocity that create responsibilities to other human beings and to animals, to the land, the water, and the sky, that offer the bases of our lives and relationships.
The Wahkohtowin Lodge is a meeting and gathering space for our Augustana community. Home to the Aboriginal Students' Office, the Wahkohtowin Lodge also boasts soft seating ideal for studying, and a classroom for meetings and seminars. Or, combine these areas to host larger gatherings and celebrations in this space.
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 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 contact the ASO to inquire about use.