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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.
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 Kinomage 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.

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.

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ANISHINAABEMOWIN

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

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ANISHINAABE STUDIES

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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