The Teaching Lodge

An Evolving Anishinaabe Educational Institution/University

Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig (teaching lodge) is an evolving Anishinaabe post-secondary institution (University) that is currently being developed by the Shingwauk Education Trust (SET). The Shingwauk Education Trust was founded based on a vision of the Ojibway Chief Shingwauk, which was to create a "Teaching Wigwam" with an overall goal of providing education to Anishinaabe students.

The Shingwauk Education Trust is composed of representatives from Garden River First Nation, Batchewana First Nation, the Anglican Diocese of Algoma, and the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association.

The Creation of the Shingwauk Covenant

Over the past number of years, the need for an Anishinaabe post-secondary institution has become increasingly apparent (Royal Commission Report on Aboriginal Peoples, 1996). In May 2006, the SET and Algoma University signed a covenant that entered a statement of common understanding and commitment to establishing Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, an independent and degree-granting post secondary institution. The Shingwauk Covenant states that Anishinaabe, Canadian and International staff and students must learn to respect and understand each other's knowledge and cultural differences.

Our Vision for Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig

"Our vision in creating Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig (University) will preserve the integrity of Anishinaabe knowledge and understanding in cooperation with society to educate the present and future generations in a positive, cooperative and respectful environment."

Keys to Success

Community consultation and strong partnerships are the foundation that shapes our programs to meet the unique educational needs of our students. To sustain and strengthen our growth, we will continue to focus on promotion, recruitment and provide educational excellence to our students, and in saying this we ask for your support in partnership and sponsorship.

Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig will be instrumental in providing First Nations and all people the leadership and concrete skills to build strong communities globally. We will continue to build on our resources by lobbying federal and provincial governments for financial support, and we will build partnerships based on mutual respect for culturally relevant education.

Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig will make History

The SET Board and staff have immensely enjoyed being part of the creation and growth of a strong educational presence for all people. We fully support Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig in its commitment to meeting the needs of students and to building capacity through educational excellence, innovative delivery and a deep commitment to student success.

We look forward to the continual evolution of Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig's Anishinaabe Culture courses which began back in the fall of September 2008.

We invite you to be part of our innovative, engaging yet respectful Anishinaabek Worldview as we fulfill the vision of Chief Shingwaukonse. We look forward to a new beginning that will strengthen our educational environment which will challenge and support all students; a new beginning that will build on strong leadership and individual autonomy, and improve the quality of life through respectful discussions and education.