“Wahkotowin” — a Cree word meaning kinship — on display at Osgoode

Wahkotowin Bannock and Tea Lodge

“Wahkotowin” — a Cree word meaning kinship — was on full display on Tuesday, February 23 at Osgoode as Professor Signa Daum Shanks and student volunteers hosted the Law School’s first Wahkotowin Tea and Bannock Lodge.

Members of the Osgoode community spent the day popping in and out of Room 4019 — specially chosen by Daum Shanks because it’s a quiet, sun-filled space with a north entrance — where they enjoyed Saskatoon Berry tea and bannock with jam or maple sauce.

Daum Shanks, who is Director of Indigenous Outreach at the Law School, said the Wahkotowin Tea and Bannock Lodge, which has its roots in the notion of young and old alike teaching and learning from one another, offered “some time to recharge yourself.”  She added that she already has plans for the next Lodge.

Pictured, from left, are third-year students Ashley Thomassen, Ryan Robski and Abigail Cheung with Professor Signa Daum Shanks.