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The Shingwauk Indian Residential School opened in 1873 as a residential school for First Nations' children. It operated as a residential school until 1970. The building and institution, located at 1520 Queen St. East. is one of the oldest landmarks of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada.
Chief Shingwauk, the Chief of the Ojibways at Garden River, believed that the future Ojibway needed to learn the white man's academic method of education in order to survive in what was becoming a "predominately non-native world with non-native values". His dream was to have an educational centre built for all future Ojibway children. With the combined effort of Shingwauk's Sons, Augustine and Buhgwujjenene, and Rev. E.F. Wilson, this dream came a reality. A school was built at Garden River in 1873. Six days after completion, the school burned to the ground. Not giving in to misfortune another school was erected at the present site on Queen St. East.
The cornerstone for the second Shingwauk Home was laid by the Earl of Dufferin, the Governor-General of Canada, in the summer of 1874. In August 1875, the new building was officially opened to fifty pupils. Sixty years later, in 1935, a third building was erected directly behind the old one and the previous building was demolished. This new building was the home of the Shingwauk residential school until its closure in 1970. It now houses Algoma University.
Fonds comprises five series, including: Administrative records series, Library and Archives Canada series, Shingwauk Indian Residential School property records series, Shingwauk Indian Residential School quarterly return series, and Student records series. The administrative records series comprises receipts, staff correspondence, financial documentation and other material relating to the Shingwauk Indian Residential School. The Library and Archives Canada series comprises material held by LAC relating to Shingwauk. The Shingwauk Indian Residential School property records series comprises land deeds, title records, and additional material relating to the Shingwauk property. The Quarterly return series comprises original quarterly return records completed at Shingwauk. The Student record series comprises correspondence, admission and discharge records, medical reports and other material relating to Shingwauk students.
Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre