Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig
|Motto||An Anishinabe Worldview: Our Story... the truth.|
|Type||federated school of Algoma University|
|Undergraduates||Anishinabemowin & Anishinabe Studies.|
|Location||Sault Ste. Marie & Garden River, Ontario, Canada|
Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig (University) is a proposed Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) university to be run in conjunction with 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 fulfillment of the his vision fell on his 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 Shingwauk School was built closer to where the city of Sault Ste. Marie now inhabits along the St. Mary's River.
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 Consortium (WINHEC), but will be initially established as a federated school of Algoma University.
Some courses SKG has offered in the past semester include:
- Ayzhi dibawji moyawn (Anishinaabe peoples & our homelands)
- Wiidjigaam gewe jibayek (Anishinaabe social issues)
- "Anishinbe Law" (Anishinabe Law vs Aboriginal Law in Canada)
- Gdaa Mikweenimaanan Pontiacbun, Tecumsehbun, miinwaa Shingwaukbun (Anishinaabe social movements)
- Anishinaabemowin (Anishinaabe language)
The new university was initiated by the Shingwauk Education trust and a number of partnerships:
- Algoma University
- Anglican Church of Canada
- Anishinabek Nation
- Assembly of First Nations
- Batchewana First Nation
- Chiefs of Ontario
- Garden River First Nation
- Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission
- Laurentian University (Native Studies)
- Leech Lake Tribal Council
- Library and Archives Canada
- Mi'kmaq Association of Tribal Studies
- National Centre for First Nations Governance
- North Shore Tribal Council
- Northern Michigan University (American Indian Studies)
- Sagkeeng First Nation
- Seven Generations of Fort Frances
- Shingwauk Healing Project
- Te Wānanga o Aotearoa "University of New Zealand"
- Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge
- Union of Ontario Indians
- University of Arizona, Tucson (Native Studies)
- University of Sudbury (Native Studies)
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SooToday.com, 21 February 2008.