(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – June 23, 2017): Algoma University is using Canada’s 150th Birthday as an opportunity to reflect on the many things we appreciate about Canada, and we have planned a number of special events on campus to mark this historic birthday.
As we celebrate all that is great about Canada and all the good that Canada has to offer, it is important to acknowledge that Canada must continue to address historical issues. We recognize the negative effects of colonialism on the Indigenous peoples of this nation. For Algoma, located on the site of the former Shingwauk and Wawanosh Indian Residential Schools, we recognize this history and embrace our responsibility to play a role in the reconciliation process.
Through specialized courses, classroom discussions, visiting Elders, sacred fires and ceremonies, faculty research, and many other activities, Algoma University is working to advance the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. We are proud of our partnership with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, an Aboriginal Institutes Consortium member co-located on our campus, and we value the guidance that the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association has generously given us over the years.
Algoma University celebrates the ability we have as Canadians to dialogue about our country.
Discussions around reconciliation are gaining momentum across Canada as people come together with a better understanding of each other and a growing awareness of the strength of partnership.
As Shirley Horn, Algoma University’s Chancellor and a First Nations woman from the Missanabie Cree says, “There is a time for renewal, a time for change and a time for reconciliation.” We celebrate what Canada is still becoming, and we look forward to continuing to work together to build a stronger, more inclusive nation.