Culture Nights

Culture night at the Wampum Learning Lodge

Culture Night at the Wampum Learning Lodge

Bi-weekly on Wednesday evenings, the Wampum Learning Lodge opens our doors to our community for three different cultural programs for Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members to engage with each other and the space itself.

Please note that each program has specific audiences, event times, and full descriptions below. These events are open to any local community members who wish to attend, not only those currently affiliated with Western University. Free parking passes or their vehicle and  LTC Bus Ticket are available for program attendees upon arrival.

Questions? Email Lauren, Indigenous Initiatives Project Associate, at

Scheduled Dates (Bi-Weekly):

2023 Fall Semester Dates

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

2024 Winter Semester Dates

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

  • Special Guided Crafting Session: Raised Beadwork with Leith Mahkewa (Indigenous Artist-in-Residence at Western)

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 (Reading Week)

  • Special Guided Crafting Session: DIY Quilt Squares using a Cricut with Arbor Morris (Wellness Coordinator, ISC) 

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

  • Special Guided Crafting Session: DIY Make-Your-Own: Dentallium Earring with Aahaasuwiimiikwan.
  • Special Guided Pow Wow Fitness Session: Women’s Smoke & Jingle Dress Dance Teachings with  Laniya Antone.

Community Crafting Circle (4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)

  • Audience: All Indigenous people

The Community Crafting Circle invites all interested Indigenous artists and creators to share our space to visit & create together in a community setting. Bring your current project or start something new with the art supplies we provide at the WLL. This program is unstructured/drop-in crafting space, but some weeks will have guided lessons for different art forms.

Provided supplies include an array of beading materials (including patterns/templates), caribou hair tufting materials, porcupine quills, leather, craft kits, 2 sewing machines (B.Y.O. fabric), and jewelry findings.

Special Guests

January 24: Raised Beadwork with Leith Mahkewa

January 24: Raised Beadwork with Leith Mahkewa, Indigenous Artist-in-Residence (Department of Visual Arts)

February 21: DIY Quilt Squares/Appliqu é using a Cricut with Arbor Morris

February 21: DIY Quilt Squares/Appliqu using a Cricut with Arbor Morris, Indigenous Mental Health Counsellor (Indigenous Student Centre)

Pow Wow Fitness Class (6 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

  • Audience: Everyone (Indigenous & non-Indigenous)

Led by Paula Cornelius-Hedgepeth, this fitness class is designed for all ages and experience levels to get our bodies moving and conditioned through dance-based cardio exercise while also increasing our understanding of pow wow songs. This fitness class is open to ALL, so bring your friends!;

Please bring your reusable water bottle and clothes that allow your body to move freely.

Young Men's Pow Wow Singing Practice (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

  • Audience: Indigenous male youth aged 14-25 years old

Hosted by Ray Deleary, this program is for young Indigenous men (14-25 years old) that are interested in learning how to sing and drum powwow style in a competitive format with a focus on developing technical skills. Participants will be guided on proper form, drum beat, rhythm, vocal range, tone, technical components of a song and learning song types and purposes. No experience necessary.

Parking & Directions

The Wampum Learning Lodge is located at 1137 Western Road (Suite 1200) in London, Ontario and is attached to the Faculty of Education at Western University. Parking is available directly opposite our Main Entrance or in the Staff & Student Parking Lots behind the Faculty of Education. Free parking passes are available for program attendees for their vehicle upon arrival.