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7 Shingwauk St. Garden River, ON P6A 6Z8
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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 proud to announce the opening of the newest part of its campus, a traditional Anishinabe teaching lodge, just in time for students returning for the fall semester. Students, teachers, and participants in the Canadian Roots Exchange took part in the construction of the lodge at SKG in August. The lodge was constructed to fulfil the vision of Chief Shingwaukonse, the creation of a “teaching wigwam” or kinoomaage gamig, where Anishinabe and nonAnishinabe could learn the sacred teachings of the Ojibway culture as well as the skills necessary to take part in the society that settlers brought with them. The lodge will be home to future classes, workshops, and traditional ceremonies over the years to come, and will enhance mutual understanding by engaging Anishinabe and non-Anishinabe who are connected to Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig and Algoma University. Fulbright Scholars Drs. Rainey Gaywish and Anne Dutlinger, the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge, Shingwauk Anishinabe Students Association and the Canadian Roots Exchange helped bring the lodge to fruition both through financial support and volunteer labour. SKG and Algoma University students, staff, and faculty were also invited to take part in the lodge construction, fostering a deeper understanding of traditional Anishinabe education and spirituality. “The cooperation we’ve seen here, to build this lodge, it is really, truly remarkable,” said Amy Sayers, Director of Development & Programming for SKG. “As a direct decedent of Chief Shingwauk, I am extremely honoured to be a part in fulfilling the vision of Chief Shingwauk. I am privileged to work with such great leadership, traditional knowledge 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 Ojibway Nation and all Canadians,” said Darrell Boissoneau, President of Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig. “We have a vibrant way of life and we must share our experiences and the truth in an academic and traditional setting the way the Great War, Chief Shingwauk envisioned. The construction of the Teaching Lodge and all those whose hands touched it during its building and teaching contributed to the positive energy of the spirit of the Great War Chief.” “Our Academic and Spiritual Advisor, Professor Eddie Benton-Banai has offered a safe space and a sense of community for students and educators with knowledge and values that we honour through the voices of our ancestors." Traditional teaching lodges are constructed with maple saplings that are cleaned, prepared with tobacco and ceremony, and arranged carefully to form a series of arches, or ribs, forming the frame of the lodge. The frame traces the path of the sun, leading to doorways on the eastern and western sides of the lodge. The arches are tied 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 out the vision of the Ojibway Chief Shingwauk to create a “teaching wigwam” to provide education for Anishinabe and non-Anishinabe students. The vision in creating Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig was to preserve the integrity of Anishinabe knowledge and understanding in cooperation with wider society to educate the present and future generations in a positive, cooperative and respectful fashion. In May 2006, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig and Algoma University signed a covenant stating that Anishinabe, Canadian, and International staff and students must learn to respect and understand each other’s knowledge and cultural differences.
Special thanks to Ken Smale of Double S Construction, 3 Fires Society members, students, staff and Shingwauk board members who volunteered their time and resources. Through the covenant with Algoma University, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig offers courses in Anishinabe Studies (such as Anishinabe Peoples and our Homelands, Anishinabe Social Movements, Treaties and more) as well as the only Anishinabemowin (Ojibway language) degree program in Canada. Courses are open to people from all backgrounds, to full and part-time students as well as community members. For information on how to register for classes, call 705-942-5069 or visit www.shingwauku.ca.
Contact: Amy Sayers Director of Development & Programming Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig 7 Shingwauk St. Garden River First Nation P6A 6Z8 Phone: 705-942-5069 Fax: 705-942-3947 firstname.lastname@example.org