CHILDREN OF SHINGWAUK ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
2013 Shingwauk Gathering and Conference to be held August 2-4
Conference to highlight language reclamation
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON (July 9, 2013) - The Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA) and the Shingwauk Residential School Centre (SRSC) will be hosting the second annual "Shingwauk Gathering and Conference: Healing and Reconciliation through Education" from August 2-4 at Algoma University.
The gathering will help facilitate the ongoing development of partnerships in fulfilling Chief Shingwauk's vision of "sharing, healing, and learning."
The gathering and conference will discuss the traditions, cultures, and histories of First Nations peoples, their place within Canadian history, and the impacts of Residential Schools, providing a first-hand cross-cultural educational opportunity.
Survivors and their families from around Ontario, including the Missanabie Cree First Nation, Chapleau First Nation, Batchewana First Nation, Garden River First Nation, as well as many Métis and Inuit from as far north as the James Bay region, and as far east as the Kanesatake and Kahnawake First Nations in Quebec, traditionally make the trek to Sault Ste. Marie and the university to continue the work of "sharing, healing and learning."
"As a survivor of the Indian Residential School (IRS) system, I am always encouraged and comforted whenever an event occurs such as the IRS Gathering and Conference planned for this August and hosted by Algoma University and the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association," said Mike Cachagee, a member of the CSAA and the National Residential Schools Survivor Society. "Events such as these continue to build the sound foundation and momentum that will move us closer toward realizing true reconciliation."
The CSAA and SRSC will be delivering presentations and workshops on the theme of language reclamation and related issues.
"We are pleased that the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association and the Shingwauk Residential School Centre are hosting the 2013 Shingwauk Gathering and Conference at Algoma University," said Dr. Richard Myers, president of Algoma University. "Given the history of the university as an Indian Residential School site [photo], the location is appropriate for Survivors, families, and community members to meet to discuss First Nations' people's rich history and cultural significance."
The conference is open to the public.
Those interested in attending can find a registration form at this website.
The Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association
The Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA) was created following the first Residential School Reunion held at Algoma University in the summer of 1981.
The Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC) was established as a joint initiative between Algoma University and the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association.
It has a mission of sharing, healing, and learning.
The Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre has a national reputation as a leader in education about Residential Schools and hosts one of the most significant archival collections anywhere in relation to Residential Schools.
About Algoma University
Algoma University offers a wide variety of liberal arts and sciences degree options including programs in psychology, computer science, business administration, fine arts, community economic & social development, and biology in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton, Timmins and St. Thomas.
As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma U is committed to respecting Anishinaabe knowledge and culture. Algoma University has launched its Essential Elements Campaign to expand its campus and offer more scholarships and awards to students.
To learn more, visit here.