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Community Builders Awards: Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association shapes residential school education in the Sault and beyond

Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association champions the voices of survivors in an effort to bring awareness to the legacy of residential schools

Initially created to support survivors of the residential school system, the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSSA) has been strong a advocate for cross-cultural, inclusive education for over four decades.

Through their work, 109 people buried in the Shingwauk gravesite have been identified, 72 of whom were students of Shingwauk. Their work ensures that the truths relating to the Shingwauk Indian Residential School are told.

The organization has dramatically impacted how education surrounding the residential school system is taught in Sault Ste. Marie and in turn its members have been a part of many personal, transformative educational journeys.

Drawing on their lived experience, CSSA has led educational initiatives for children, youth, post-secondary students and professional development groups in an effort to teach others the legacy of residential schools and build a better, more inclusive future.

CSAA has played an integral role in having the grounds of the former Shingwauk Indian Residential School declared a National Historic Site, laying the foundation for further educational work and research here in Sault Ste. Marie.

Additionally, CSAA’s educational partnership with Algoma University in the construction of the Mukwa Waakaa’igan Centre over the next two years to house Canada’s National Residential School archives collection will further enhance our regional and national knowledge of the residential school system and help to preserve these important historical documents for future generations.

The Education Award is presented to a student, teacher, administrator or education advocate who has made a difference in our community. 

Congratulations to the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association!

This award is proudly sponsored by Tenaris.