In the spring of 2012, the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, together with Algoma University, the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association with funding from the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (2012-2014), the SSHRC-funded Creative Concilliations project (2013-2018) and the Canada Heritage Museums Assistance Program (2014-2016, 2016-2018, 2018-2019), initiated a project to transform the former Shingwauk Hall, housed within Algoma University, into a dynamic and participatory exhibition space.
Questions that immediately came to the forefront: What are we creating? Is it a museum? If so, what kind? Is it an interpretation centre? If so, what does it interpret? Is it a memorial? If so, whom does it memorialize?
The resulting Integrated Curatorial and Design Plan combined all three – it outlined an interpretation strategy to reclaim the Shingwauk Indian Residential School site. The resulting project, Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall tells the story of the Shingwauk schools within a larger narrative of colonization and the struggle for self-determination, as well as highlight the work of the Shingwauk Project and the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association. Dedicated to the generations of Survivors who attended Indian residential schools across the country, this new permanent exhibition presents over 110 years of history of the Shingwauk site.
On August 3, 2018 Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall was unveiled to Survivors and the general public. Visitors can explore the exhibition space Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. To receive a guided tour or instructional programming related to the exhibition please contact the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre at ShingwaukDG@algomau.ca