Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig (University) is a proposed Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) university to be run in conjunction with a newly independent Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie and the Shingwauk Education Trust. Aboriginal institutes partner with colleges and universities to offer students degree programs, apprenticeships, certificate programs and diploma programs. In 2006, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig and Algoma University signed a covenant that promised to assist each other in their journey towards independence. This was a major contributing factor to Algoma University's independence as the partnership was held in high regard. The name when fully vocalised is Zhingwaak Gikinoo'amaagegamig, meaning "Shingwauk's Place of learning & knowledge". Its creation was first envisioned by Chief Shingwauk (also Shingwaukonce or Shingwaukonse, "little pine") in 1850. When Chief Shingwauk died in 1854, the fulfilment of the his vision fell on his two sons Augustin Shingwauk and Bugujjewenene, and the Anglican Church. In 1873, the "Teaching Wigwam Lodge" became a reality with a schoolhouse being constructed in the Garden River community. After only 6 days a suspicious fire broke out and destroyed the entire building. However, a new school was built closer to where the city of Sault Ste. Marie now inhabits along the St. Mary's River.
Entrance to Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig
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Sadly, through the Anglican Church & Canadian Government Policy, the operations and purpose of the "Teaching Wigwam Lodge" was aligned with the assimilation and genocide of the Anishinaabe Nation through the Canadian residential school system instead of its initial purposes originally advocated by Shingwaukonse.
The institution plans on becoming chartered as an independent university and is currently submitting its application for accreditation to the Post-Secondary Education Quality Assessment Board of Ontario and the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Corsortium (WINHEC), but will be initially established as a federated school of Algoma University.