Algonquin College renews commitment to Truth and Reconciliation with official opening and naming of new Indigenous spaces
December 10, 2018
OTTAWA — Algonquin College put the final touches on its $44.9-million construction project today with the official opening and naming of several new spaces dedicated to experiential learning and a new understanding of Indigenous cultures and heritage.
In a ceremony attended by several hundred students, employees and community members, the College paid tribute to several new spaces:
Ishkodewan: A former courtyard, now 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 that can be used for smaller gatherings.
Pìdàban: Located on the second floor of DARE District, this will be the Institute of Indigenization.
Kejeyàdizidjigwogamig: A smaller space on the third floor (library) of the DARE District that will serve as a showcase for Indigenous oration and storytelling.
President Cheryl Jensen, referencing the large ceremonial fire located in the centre of Ishkodewan, urged those gathered to use the new spaces as a way of connecting with our country’s Indigenous groups.
“When we gather, as we are doing today, we will be warmed by the central fire that will burn brightly in the heart of our College — a reminder of our spark of innovation, our passion for learning, and our commitment to a shared future,” she said.
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