Sheehan Announces More Federal Support for Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre

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Sheehan Announces More Federal Support for Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre

Today, Member of Parliament, Terry Sheehan, on behalf of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, announced additional federal funding of $169, 500 for Algoma University’s Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre for their Healing and Reconciliation Through Education program.  This brings the total federal investment to $429,028 since 2016.

“This funding will support the creation of the centrepiece gallery of the Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall exhibition. Housed in the historic Shingwauk Auditorium, this gallery will be the creative and participatory core of the entire project. It will feature a dynamic exhibition space with thematic educational programming tied to art making and storytelling. The SRSC is delighted to see the continued funding of this project, which supports the fulfillment of Chief Shingwauk’s Vision.”  said, Krista McCracken, Researcher/Curator, Arthur A. Wishart Library and Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (Algoma University)

“The federal funding announced today supports the important next step of our ongoing effort to raise awareness about the legacy and impact of Residential Schools on and within Canadian society.  We appreciate the continued support of Sault Ste. Marie MP Sheehan and the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism in helping us to position the University, in partnership to develop and share with the country and the world.

Algoma University understands the importance of sharing this history as part of our commitment to reconciliation and in helping to provide a National site where Canadians and others can come to understand the truth of Canada’s history, particularly as it pertains to the Residential Schools history.” said, Asima Vezina, President and Vice-Chancellor (Algoma University)

” On behalf of the Survivor community we work with, on behalf of those who were affected by residential school and are working on healing in our communities, we say chi-miigwech!  All aspects of the Shingwauk Hall exhibits, including this newest one to be worked on with this funding, have been created with kindness, love, and great input by the survivor community.

It is with the help of funding like this, this space will continue to allow for teaching, sharing and learning…and contributes to the healing of our Country.  The stories in these exhibit spaces acknowledge our history and allow for those who visit, to connect and gain understanding.”commented, Elizabeth Edgar-Webkamigad, Director, Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (Algoma University)

“I want to thank the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre as a whole, for your dedication in building nation-to-nation, government-to-government relationships between Canada and First Nations, Inuit and Métis; inspired by truth and reconciliation.  Accurate memorials and historical information, in honour of survivors of Canada’s Residential Schools, is essential to build our future together.” said, Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament, Sault Ste. Marie

Previous funding announced at Algoma University by MP Sheehan:

Industry Science and Economic Development’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Innovation Fund

$2.5 Million for major upgrades to the Shingwauk Hall at Algoma University (2016).

$10.2 Million for construction of the Anishinabek Discovery Centre, the new home of Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig.

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