Creating a campus gathering space to reflect on reconciliation
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As Canadians continue to reflect on reconciliation, Algoma University and local Anishinaabe communities are honouring residential school survivors through the Mukwa Waakaa’igan Centre of Cultural Excellence.  

Mukwa Waakaa’igan will serve as a safe and inclusive gathering space for cross-cultural understanding, teaching and healing among Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members and visitors. It will house classrooms, opportunities for land-based learning, offices for research, spaces for sacred ceremony and rotating exhibits for regional, national and international cultural exchange with Indigenous worldviews and teachings woven through each activity. 

Mukwa Waakaa’igan will further honour survivors by showcasing the life’s work of the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association – a group of residential school survivors and their descendants – and will be the new home for the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre archives and Aboriginal Healing Foundation Collection. 

For more information, visit Algoma University 

“Mukwa Waakaa’igan will provide a culturally appropriate space for the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC) and its one of a kind archival collections. Mukwa Waakaa’igan will have a tremendous impact on the operations of the Centre and the communities the SRSC serves.”
Krista McCracken
Interim Director, Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre
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