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Special Mission

Algoma University has been given a very special mission, one that connects to its place on this historical site.

The land on which Algoma University now sits was provided by Chief Shingwauk and his community for the express purpose of educating the Anishinaabe people in the way of the European people that came to this territory, while teaching the newcomers how to live in harmony with the Anishinaabe people and all of creation.

As part of the transformational efforts we are undertaking to move the Nation’s priority of healing and reconciliation forward, we will use our history and stories to teach the truth about the residential schools history in Canada while at the same time, moving forward with Chief Shingwauk’s original vision for education on this site to be one of cross-cultural learning and teaching.

Algoma University is committed to being a welcoming, inclusive, safe, and respectful learning community; one that values the opportunities to learn from and with students, staff and visitors from all parts of the world. This is what makes Algoma University such a special place.

Our Special Mission

The objects of the University are the pursuit of learning through scholarship, teaching, and research within a spirit of free enquiry and expression.

It is the special mission of the University to,

  1. Be a teaching-oriented university that provides programs in liberal arts and sciences and professional programs, primarily at the undergraduate level, with a particular focus on the needs of Northern Ontario; and
  2. Cultivate cross-cultural learning between Aboriginal communities and other communities, in keeping with the history of Algoma University College and its geographic site.
Universities Canada 5th Annual National Building Reconciliation Forum 2019

The 2019 forum was jointly hosted by Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Nipissing University, Cape Breton University, the University of Northern British Columbia and Algoma University. The theme was: “Working Together to Advance Healing & Reconciliation…Wiiji-nookiimding wii-noojmoweng, dibaajmotaading, doodamowin miinwaa debwe’endaagziwin – wii-ni-niigaaniing…”

Shingwauk's Vision

Concerned for the survival and mibadziwin (well-being) of the Anishinaabe Nation, but equally conscious of the potential benefit of cross-cultural sharing and learning, Chief Shingwauk developed a strategic plan and way forward for his people.

A kinoomaage gamig (Teaching Wigwam) lay at its core.

7 Grandfather Teachings

Ojibway tradition tells of the Seven Grandfathers who were given the responsibility by the Creator to watch over the people living on earth.

They gave to the people, seven teachings that would show them the way to live in harmony, spirituality and with Mother Earth.  RESPECT, to have honor for all of Creation. WISDOM, to cherish knowledge is to have wisdom. HUMILITY, to know humility is to know yourself as a sacred part of creation.  BRAVERY, to be able to face the foe with integrity. HONESTY, to be honest in facing a situation. TRUTH, to have truth is to know all of these things. LOVE, to know love is to know peace.

Anishinaabe Learning

The opportunity to share and learn in a respectful way, using the Anishinaabe worldview perspective; courses that allow for experiential participation for all students.

Keeping in mind; the vision of Chief Shingwaukonse, a teaching wigwam that allows for everyone to learn from each other, to relationship build and use the sense of community to participate in ways of knowing and doing that allow all students to benefit.

Staying True to the Special Mission

Events and programming are delivered to encourage student success and help promote and celebrate Anishinaabe culture on campus.

Opportunities include Gathering at the Rapids Pow Wow, Anishinaabe Speaker Series, Sharing Circles, Ceremonial Feasts/Soup & Bannock Days, elders’/youth gatherings , ceremonial arbour, visiting elder, unique programming, Anishinaabe Research Symposium, “Gdo Akiiminaan Ganawendandaan” (Taking Care of our Land) Symposium, Akii (Land) & Environmental Stewardship certification, First Nation Social Policy and Community Development certification, SSMPS SHIFT Training, and many more.

Anishinaabe Students

Algoma University is committed to providing an educational environment for Anishinaabe students that is respectful, inclusive, and welcoming.

National Chiefs’ Library & Archive at Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig

Providing a unique space for the preservation and use of Anishinaabe Knowledge, offering supports to faculty, students, and the public.

Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre

A cross-cultural research and education project of Algoma University and the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association, which includes former students of the Residential schools, staff, descendants, family, and friends.


Shifting Indigenous Frontline Tactics

The Shifting Indigenous Frontline Tactics (SHIFT) initiative was created by Algoma University as a customizabletraining program that aims to bridge the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities by fostering an environment of greater cultural understanding and sensitivity towards Indigenous peoples and communities.

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Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig

The Shingwauk Education Trust has established Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, which offers courses and programs of particular interest to Anishinaabe students. Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig continually offers land-based learning opportunities for students and in the community.

Land Based Learning Opportunity

Ziigwang Inakamigiziwin: Ojibwe immersion and land-based learning 2019

Ziigwang Inakamigiziwin is a special spring session offering of university courses from Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig/Algoma University at our main campus in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Taking Care of Our Land Symposium

gdo akiiminaan ganawendanaan

Together, the Anishinaabe Initiatives Division and the Department of Geography and Geology at Algoma University will host the third biennial Taking care of Our Land Symposium May 6-9, 2019 at the Delta Hotel Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront. The purpose of the symposium is to explore, through research and best practices, the inclusion of cultural and traditional practices of land management, planning, and use for Aboriginal communities in Northern Ontario.

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Algoma University is the only university in Canada to offer a three-year undergraduate degree in Anishinaabemowin, the Ojibwe language.

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Through a culture-based curriculum, students will learn Anishinaabe history, philosophy and worldview while experiencing and exploring the importance of self-knowledge, as well as interpersonal and intercultural respect.

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Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association

Providing for the well-being of former students of the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Indian Residential Schools, their families, and their communities.

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