Located between Lake Huron and Lake Superior, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig (SKG) pairs city amenities with lakeside views. In 2020, the school moved into a new campus directly across from Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie. The new campus boasts state-of-the-art classrooms and a library with Indigenous books; it will soon host an archive of Anishinaabe artifacts. It also includes a student lounge and a workshop space for making split-toe moccasins, rattles, ribbon skirts and hand drum bags.
Teaching Anishinaabe language and culture is woven through every SKG course. The school’s sessional and full-time faculty are Anishinaabemowin speakers from across northern Ontario, with many coming from Manitoulin Island. Students are offered support in both their school work and in reconnecting with their heritage. SKG’s degree programs are credited through Algoma University, allowing students to take classes at either campus. Residences are available for students on the Algoma campus.
SKG is planning to add a fourth year of study to one or both of its three-year degree programs, so students can apply to graduate programs and is creating its academic institution plan, which will guide future programs and may include establishing the Anishinaabe School of Land Based Education. The school hopes to gradually roll out its own programs in the next two years.
• Anishinaabe Studies
• Degree: $3,403
• Anishinaabe Studies: This program covers history, philosophy and movements in Anishinaabe society, with an emphasis on culture. Students learn contemporary and traditional Anishinaabe research methods and explore ways to incorporate tradition into modern life.
• Anishinaabemowin: Students study the grammar and sound of the Ojibwe language, exploring challenges related to the written word in a language that has been passed down through oral tradition.