This project is a natural outgrowth of the work carried out by the partners, the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA) and Algoma University, since the inception of the original Shingwauk Project in 1979. That project, inspired by Shingwauk’s Vision, began the still flourishing efforts to: research, collect, preserve and display the history of Residential Schools; develop and deliver projects of “sharing, healing and learning” in relation to the impacts of the Schools, and of individual and community cultural restoration; and accomplish “the true realization of Chief Shingwauk’s Vision.” The partners have, since 1979, delivered numerous activities, including reunions, gatherings, symposia, healing circles, publications, videos, photo displays and other exhibitions, curriculum development, historical tours and the establishment of archive, library and heritage collections, and a website that allows users to access the SRSC’s archival holdings and others materials.
The Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall exhibition project is a culmination of these activities and will create a tangible legacy for Survivors, their families and communities, in the heart of Algoma University.
Over many years and in many ways the Project, the Centre, and now the exhibition have been generously supported by Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments, churches, non-governmental organizations and individuals. While the Centre accessed funding for Phase 1 of the Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall exhibition project, which saw the creation of an integrated design and curatorial plan, funding for implementation is actively being sought.
All involved are most grateful for the understanding and kindness that have made this small part of our larger national journey of “sharing, healing and learning” possible.
Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved.