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Shingwauk’s Vision Continues to Unfold at Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig
Bawating (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario), September 19, 2012 –
Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig (SKG) is proudto announce the opening of the newest part of its campus, a traditional Anishinabe teaching lodge, just in timefor students returning for the fall semester. Students, teachers, and participants in the Canadian Roots Exchangetook part in the construction of the lodge at SKG in August. The lodge was constructed to fulfil the vision of ChiefShingwaukonse, the creation of a “teaching wigwam” or
, where Anishinabe and non-Anishinabe could learn the sacred teachings of the Ojibway culture as well as the skills necessary to take part inthe society that settlers brought with them.
The lodge will be home to future classes, workshops, and traditional ceremonies over the years to come, and willenhance mutual understanding by engaging Anishinabe and non-Anishinabe who are connected to ShingwaukKinoomaage Gamig and Algoma University.Fulbright Scholars Drs. Rainey Gaywish and Anne Dutlinger, the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge, ShingwaukAnishinabe Students Association and the Canadian Roots Exchange helped bring the lodge to fruition boththrough financial support and volunteer labour. SKG and Algoma University students, staff, and faculty were alsoinvited to take part in the lodge construction, fostering a deeper understanding of traditional Anishinabeeducation and spirituality.“The cooperation we’ve seen here, to build this lodge, it is really, truly remarkable,” said Amy Sayers, Director ofDevelopment & Programming for SKG. “As a direct decedent of Chief Shingwauk, I am extremely honoured to bea part in fulfilling the vision of Chief Shingwauk. I am privileged to work with such great leadership, traditionalknowledge keepers and amazing students. The spiritual movement I feel here at Shingwauk is indescribable.”“The revival and restoration on our Worldview is a significant part of healing and reconciliation for the OjibwayNation and all Canadians,” said Darrell Boissoneau, President of Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig. “We have avibrant way of life and we must share our experiences and the truth in an academic and traditional setting theway the Great War, Chief Shingwauk envisioned. The construction of the Teaching Lodge and all those whosehands touched it during its building and teaching contributed to the positive energy of the spirit of the Great WarChief.”“Our Academic and Spiritual Advisor, Professor Eddie Benton-Banai has offered a safe space and a sense ofcommunity for students and educators with knowledge and values that we honour through the voices of ourancestors."Traditional teaching lodges are constructed with maple saplings that are cleaned, prepared with tobacco andceremony, and arranged carefully to form a series of arches, or ribs, forming the frame of the lodge. The frametraces the path of the sun, leading to doorways on the eastern and western sides of the lodge. The arches aretied with twine and supported with additional saplings that span the length of the lodge.Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig was created by the Shingwauk Education Trust to fulfil its mission of carrying outthe vision of the Ojibway Chief Shingwauk to create a “teaching wigwam” to provide education for Anishinabeand non-Anishinabe students. The vision in creating Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig was to preserve theintegrity of Anishinabe knowledge and understanding in cooperation with wider society to educate the presentand future generations in a positive, cooperative and respectful fashion. In May 2006, Shingwauk KinoomaageGamig and Algoma University signed a covenant stating that Anishinabe, Canadian, and International staff andstudents must learn to respect and understand each other’s knowledge and cultural differences.
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