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Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association

The Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association's (CSAA) mission is to provide for the well-being of the Children of Shingwauk Alumni who are former students of the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Indian Residential Schools, their families and their communities. The CSAA facilitates the ongoing development of a partnership with Algoma University and the other partners in fulfilling Chief Shingwauk’s vision of “Sharing, Healing and Learning.” The CSAA provides encouragement and support to all Aboriginal students to maintain the traditions, history and culture of all Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. CSAA endeavor to identify and profile past Residential students and their achievements and work closely with other Residential School groups to promote similar objectives. The Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association has been involved in Residential School issues since 1981.

The CSAA provides: A non-political voice for survivors concerns and interests To support, promote & enhance healing and reconciliation To establish working relationships with local, regional & national First Nations, Inuit, Metis, political groups, the Federal Government, Regional Survivor Groups and Churches To promote awareness within our communities and main stream Canada CSAA has organized gathering and alumni reunions along with Scared Circles and Healing Conferences over the past 30 years. CSAA was instrumental in establishing the National Residential School Survivors’ Society (NRSSS), a survivor managed organization that has a mandate to raise awareness of Residential Schools’ issues at the national and international level. CSAA administers Health Canada’s Health Support Worker and Cultural Support Person services for Independent Process (IAP) Hearings and Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) events in Ontario.

The Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (Archives)  that CSSA developed over the years has served as an important role at its many gatherings and conferences. Through the Centre, the CSAA assists Survivors who apply for the Common Experience Payment (CEP), CEP Reconsiderations, CEP Appeals to the Court, and IAP programs at no cost. Learn more at: http://childrenofshingwauk.ca/