The Shingwauk Education Trust (SET) is building Anishinabek Discovery Centre (ADC) – to be completed in late 2018. SET shares the site of the former Shingwauk and Wawanosh Indian Residential Schools with Algoma University.
The ADC is a $12 million combined education, research, and cultural centre designed to support the mission of SET’s post-secondary education initiative, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig (SKG) located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The ADC is funded by the Government of Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund.
Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig is one of Ontario’s nine Aboriginal Institutes, which are part of Ontario’s post-secondary education sector created by the Indigenous Institutes Act, 2017. Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig is also accredited the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium. Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig offers culture-based university courses in Anishinaabe Studies (3-year degree pending ministerial consent) and a 3-year Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway) degree in partnership with Algoma University, with which Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig shares a campus.
The ADC’s signature feature is a state-of-the-art library, archives, and gallery designed to provide a repository for Indigenous-created information and Indigenous-related research and scholarship within an accredited, culture-based, Indigenous-controlled, post-secondary environment. Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig will also be able to use digital technologies and the online research infrastructure available to post-secondary institutions in Ontario. Access and use of collections will be governed by appropriate protocols negotiated with donors.
In partnership with its campus sister institution, Algoma University, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig will offer undergraduate archival and information science courses as electives available to all students. The partners will emphasize preparing First Nations students for the knowledge economy as well as graduate programs at other universities in archival, library, and information sciences.
The campus is home to the largest and most digitally accessible university archives in Northern Ontario; it also has one of the best research archives concerning the legacies of the residential schools in Canada: the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre.
Additionally, our campus is the official repository for the archives and records of the healing projects funded the former Aboriginal Healing Foundation (1998-2014).
The ADC will provide a unique space for preserving and using Indigenous Knowledge, which will support faculty, students, and the public. In particular, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig and the ADC will offer archival services to First Nations communities that wish to partner with and support Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig including:
- Performing conservation on deposited records (in all formats).
- Providing guidance and solutions for the handling and long-term curation of digitized or born-digital records.
- Digitizing key records in accordance with protocols agreed to by communities.
- Cataloguing records on an online, web accessible catalogue and making them available and searchable 24/7.
- Providing reference and research services.
- Working with First Nations’ staff to arrange for regular, secure transfers of records from each First Nation.
- Facilitating exhibitions or other types of outreach and education that communities may wish to undertake using their own records.
- Providing annual reports concerning the growth, care, and use of each community’s records.