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Alberta University of the Arts welcomes Jan Hall as university’s New Indigenous Coordinator and Facilitator of the Lodgepole Center

by pnationtalk on March 26, 2019326 Views

Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jan Hall as the university’s new Indigenous Coordinator. Jan brings a wide range of experience from the public and private sectors to the role, including working with the Vice President (Academic) and Provost at the University of Regina, and collaborating with Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada.

“We are very excited to have Jan Hall join AUArts,” said Dr. Alex Link, Associate Vice President Academic Affairs and Chair of the School of Critical and Creative Studies. “Her range of experience, eagerness to serve Indigenous students, and compassionate dedication to building relationships inside and outside AUArts among all our diverse communities is sure to help us realize the Lodgepole Center’s great potential.”

She brings vocational expertise with an academic background in Indigenous Studies, Project Management experience from the University of Regina and excitement at the prospect of contributing to Alberta’s only university dedicated to art, craft and design in Alberta.

“I look forward to serving the students, faculty, staff, and especially our Indigenous community at and with AUArts,” said Jan. “I would like to further establish our Truth & Reconciliation connections, growth and funding opportunities, and cultivate a stronger and healthier future through engaged collaboration for First Nation, Inuit and Métis Peoples.”

The Lodgepole Center is a dedicated and inclusive space. The name was given by the AUArts Elder Council to reflect the supportive nature of the lodgepole, traditionally placed at the centre of the tipi to carry the weight of the covering.

This gathering place opened September 2016 and facilitates Elder advising, traditional ceremonies, workshops, sharing circles and more. The Lodgepole Center is located on AUArts’ third floor in Room 375 and is open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


For more information please contact:
Steven Hodges, Community Engagement Strategist, Alberta University of the Arts
t. 403.284.7656 c. 403.472.5756 e.

Marion Garden, Director, Communications & Marketing, Alberta University of the Arts
t. 403.284.7643 c. 403.585.8114 e.

About Alberta University of the Arts

Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) is a community of thinkers, shapers, makers and risk takers. We are students, faculty, staff and alumni rich in diversity of culture and thought, challenged to fearlessly explore what moves us, drives us, and implores us to see the world differently.

Formerly Alberta College of Art and Design, we are dedicated to innovative and emerging art, craft and design programs. For nearly 100 years, AUArts has educated in ways that test the boundaries of common thought and we celebrate eleven Governor General’s Award winners amongst our faculty and alumni. Alberta University of the Arts has five Schools of learning: Visual Art, Craft and Emerging Media, Communication Design, and Critical and Creative Studies offering undergraduate BFA and BDes degrees, and a graduate MFA, as well as the School of Continuing Education and Professional Development.

Our studio-based education model introduces learners to a community of passionate minds, provocative thinkers, ambitious doers and brave creators.


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