(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON: Friday, June 17, 2016): Today, Member of Parliament, Terry Sheehan, announced $165,314.00 in funding for the Shingwauk Residental Schools Centre at Algoma University.
The funding for Algoma University comes as part of the Museum Assistance Program and will be used to fabricate and install an exhibition entitled “Realizing, Healing, and Reconciliation through Education”. The exhibition will trace the history of the Shingwauk Hall Indian Residential School and investigate issues related to assimilation, cultural loss, and reclamation of Canada’s indigenous peoples.
“Today’s funding is part of a greater effort by this government to work with indigenous communities across Canada and to support healing and reconciliation. I look forward to visiting the exhibit once it is up and running,” stated Sheehan.
“The investment announced today will support the ongoing healing and reconciliation process at Algoma University, as well as our commitment to implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. The funding from the Museums Assistance Program will not only allow us to create and install a permanent exhibit relating to the history of the Shingwauk Indian Residential School, but also to continue to educate the larger community on the history of this important site,” said Dr. Richard McCutcheon, Academic Dean at Algoma University.