Western opens Wampum Learning Lodge centre

Western University has opened a new centre for Indigenous learning called the Wampum Learning Lodge. The lodge supports Indigenous ways of knowing and provides a safe space for Indigenous people and allies to learn and share together. The university retrofitted the library of the John G Althouse Building to create the centre, which includes gathering spaces, a medicine garden, kitchen, a wellness room, an outdoor classroom, and more. The space was designed by architect Wanda Dalla Costa of Saddle Lake First Nation and was named under guidance from a Council of Elders. “This is a space where a lot of important work is going to be accomplished,” said Western Office of Indigenous Initiatives Community Relations and Space Coordinator Paula Cornelius-Hedgepeth. “I see it as a place of cultural reclamation, reconciliation, revitalization, and respect. This space will be a hub for the Western community and Indigenous communities.” Western| Global News| CTV News| London Free Press Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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