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Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre

The Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC) is a recent integration and consolidation of two major initiatives of Algoma University (AU) and its partners, the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA) and the National Residential Schools Survivors Society (NRSSS): the Shingwauk Project, founded in 1979; and the Residential School Research, Archive and Visitor’s Centre, founded in 2005.

The SRSC is a cross-cultural research and educational development project of AU, CSAA, and NRSSS. The founders of these decades-long efforts were joined together by their recognition of the profound importance of the commitment to the Shingwauk Trust and the relationship with Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples that AU assumed upon its relocation in 1971, in partnership with the Keewatinung Anishnabek Institute, to the site of the former Shingwauk and Wawanosh Indian Residential Schools.

For over three decades the SRSC and its predecessors have partnered with many organizations including the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, the Anglican Church of Canada, the Dan Pine Healing Lodge, Nishnawbe-Aski Nation, and others to:

  • research, collect, preserve and display the history of Residential Schools across Canada;
  • develop and deliver projects of “sharing, healing and learning” in relation to the impacts of the Schools, and of individual and community restoration; and
  • accomplish “the true realization of Chief Shingwauk’s Vision.”