Life Lodges and building Community #landback #ceremonialjurisdiction
Using donated recycled canvas from a previous Humber River Lodge, my family along with a dynamic group of faculty members (Maria Hupfield (UTM), Mikinaak Migwans (UTM), Dr. Jennifer Wemigwans (OISE), Nicole Latulippe (UTSC) and volunteers (Doug Anderson and son Nigel Anderson (Wemigwans), Ember Migwans, Dr. Bonnie McElhinny (Principal New College) raised the
Askaakamigokwewigamig (Ah-skaw-kom-ih-goh-kweh-whi-gah-mig) Mother Earth Learning Lodge.
Miigwech to all who supported the first building of this lodge, including Jeff Monague (Park Manager, Springwater Provincial Park), Ron Vander Kraats (New College Chief Administrative Officer) and Jeff Newman (New College (Ivey) Librarian. Despite the challenges many people have continued to strengthen and support our beautiful community Lodge
as a place of engaging Indigenous knowledge/teachings/ceremony.
The Learning Lodge is now in partnership with the Indigenous Research Network (Waakebiness-Institute for Indigenous Health) (Dr. Suzanne Stewart), edgeofthebush.ca (Dr. Hopi Martin), and Unionstar.org (Dr. Deb) and retained in use by Dr. Jacqui Lavalley, who defended her thesis in the Lodge (2022) and continues to share teachings in her role as Elder-in-Residence with OISE/University of Toronto.
So beautiful to be able to extend our Anishinaabe ways of knowing and being at the University of Toronto...
Mother Earth Learning Lodge is located in the New College Quad, University of Toronto St. George Campus.