Algonquin officially opens spaces dedicated to Indigenous cultures, heritage

December 12, 2018

Algonquin College has completed a $44.9M construction project and formally opened and named several of the new spaces on campus, including those that are dedicated to a new understanding of Indigenous cultures and heritage. The college has opened Ishkodewan, an Indigenous gathering circle and outdoor classroom; Nawapon, the Indigenous Learning Commons on the first floor of the DARE district; the Lodge, a circular space within Nawapon for smaller gatherings; Pìdàban, which will be the Institute of Indigenization; and Kejeyàdizidjigwogamig, a smaller space that will serve as a showcase for Indigenous oration and storytelling. “When we gather [...] we will be warmed by the central fire that will burn brightly in the heart of our College,” said Algonquin President Cheryl Jensen, “a reminder of our spark of innovation, our passion for learning, and our commitment to a shared future.” NationTalk (ON) | Toronto Star | Algonquin