Birthing ceremony transforms Brock teaching lodge into sacred space – Brock News

July 18, 2022

A traditional structure at Brock University has undergone a ceremonial transformation into a sacred space.

A birthing ceremony was held Friday, July 8 for the Brock University teaching lodge, calling into being the new sacred space and grounding it in spirit and its purpose.

Thanks to a gift from the Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board (NPAAMB), the teaching lodge was built in 2021 in an open area behind Schmon Tower on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment by a team of youth from NPAAMB’s Naabidisiwin program (an Anishnabek word, which means ‘I have a purpose’).

Brock’s Acting Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement Robyn Bourgeois said the space will be used for an array of activities.

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