Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig

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Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig (University)
Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig logo.jpg
Motto An Anishinabe Worldview: Our Story... the truth.
Type federated school of Algoma University
Established September 2008
President Darrell Boissoneau
Undergraduates Anishinabemowin & Anishinabe Studies.
Location Sault Ste. Marie & Garden River, Ontario, Canada

Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig (University) is an Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) Institute run in conjunction with Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie and the Shingwauk Education Trust. Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig is one of the Aboriginal Institutes in Ontario's post-secondary system which partner with colleges and universities to offer post-secondary programs geared specifically toward Indigenous students.[1]

Entrance to Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig


In 2006, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig and Algoma University signed a covenant that promised to assist each other in their journey towards independence.[2][3] This was a major contributing factor to Algoma University's independence as the partnership was held in high regard.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Sadly, through the Anglican Church and 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.[citation needed]

In September 2008 Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, in partnership with Algoma University, began offering courses in Anishinaabe studies.[3]

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.[citation needed]


Some courses SKG has offered in the past semester include:[citation needed]

  • 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)

In 2016 Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig was granted federal infrastructure funding for the establishment of an Anishinabek Discovery Centre to be constructed near Algoma University. The construction of this facility will drastically change the programming and capacity of Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig to provide culture based learning opportunities.[4]


The new university was initiated by the Shingwauk Education trust and a number of partnerships:[5]


  1. ^ "Aboriginal Institutes". Retrieved 2017-02-14. 
  2. ^ "Algoma University's Statement on Truth and Reconciliation: Calls to Action and Beyond". Sault Online. February 4, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "New Anishinaabe university starts this fall at Algoma U". February 21, 2008. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  4. ^ Helwig, David (October 11, 2016). "Economic boost for the Sault: big construction announcements expected this week". Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  5. ^ Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig: Partnerships

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