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Algoma U Hosts Ontario Aboriginal Students’ Gathering

(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – June 23, 2016): Algoma University’s campus will see an influx of Anishinaabe students as representatives from across Ontario come together for the first-ever Canadian Aboriginal Students’ Gathering, held June 24th – 26th.

The Ontario Aboriginal Students’ Gathering was created out of a motion from the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario to increase participation and create a space for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit to come together. The Ontario Aboriginal Students’ Gathering provides an opportunity for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students to plan campaigns and policies and act as a foundation to build involvement among Aboriginal students in the Ontario student movement.

“As Aboriginal students, we recognize the barriers that exist within our institutions and our society,” said Mia Bourque, Co-Chair of the Ontario Aboriginal Constituency Group. “This gathering is intended for us to build community and explore ways in which we can support one another. We are excited to celebrate this weekend during Aboriginal History month. This weekend, we hope to set the work and priorities for the constituency group by sharing some amazing ideas and campaigns so that we can increase participation and involvement among Aboriginal students involved in the student movement!”

Algoma U was selected as the site of the inaugural 2016 Ontario Aboriginal Students’ Gathering due to its historic location on the former site of the Shingwauk Indian Residential School, which operated from 1873 – 1970. The University has been a catalyst for many conversations and actions of reconciliation amongst Indigenous Peoples.

Cultural, traditional, and spiritual ceremonies will take place throughout the weekend.

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