As part of Algoma University’s commitment to providing a respectful, inclusive and innovative educational environment for Anishinaabe (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) students, the University has entered into a Covenant with the Shingwauk Education Trust. The Covenant is a solemn document through which both parties pledge to work together for the furtherance of Anishinaabe education and research. The two partners are following the Two Row Wampum model of development – each partner respecting the other and supporting the other in the pursuit of their goals.
The Shingwauk Education Trust has established Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, which offers courses and programs of particular interest to Anishinaabe students. These courses and programs are fully credited through Algoma University or other partner institutions. Algoma U students are welcome to take Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig courses, and Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig students participate fully in student life at Algoma U.
This close collaboration reflects the historic roots of our campus, which was first created as a direct result of Chief Shingwauk’s efforts to secure educational opportunities for his people in the 19th century. Shingwauk Indian Residential School existed for 96 years, and the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association continues to meet and to work with Algoma University to transform the negative legacy of the residential school into a positive legacy for current and future Anishinaabe students. The Shingwauk Education Trust is a provincial Trust formed to continue Chief Shingwauk’s work of bringing education and associated endeavours to this region.
To learn more, visit the Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig website.
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