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Gathering and Conference

The Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA) invites you to the beautiful traditional territory of Baawating / Sault Ste. Marie for this year’s Shingwauk Gathering and Conference as we gather in the spirit of sharing, healing and learning to experience and explore “The Government Apology and the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement: Then and Now”.

Shingwauk Gathering and Conference 2018 is scheduled for August 3, 4 & 5. The event will take place on the original site of the Shingwauk Indian Residential School, which is presently the home of Algoma University and Shingwauk Kinoomage Gamig, in partnership with the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association. Participatory workshops, daily activities and films will be presented to attendees throughout the three days.

Conference Objectives:

Maximize opportunities to engage with one another

Educate new attendees on the impacts of the Indian Residential
Schools in Canada and its legacy on Indigenous families and
communities in present day

Nurture the on-going healing process while strengthening existing

Fostering community engagement

Through an Indigenous traditional holistic approach, participants are able to engage one another in sharing, healing and learning. This holistic approach has been the heart of past Gatherings and has given us the strength to move forward together in a good way.

This year’s theme is “Government Apology and Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement: Then and Now”, and we will address where we came from and where we are going. A general introduction of a review of the Settlement Agreement will address key issues. It will define the impacts, and specifically, those who were impacted by the Indian Residential Schools. The focus of discussion will be: what has happened and what hasn’t happened; why it happened; and what remains to be done. Through this process, the participants will be able to identify key points and create an action plan truly reflective of the Calls To Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Furthermore, the Gathering will assist supporters and allies in implementing the Calls To Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by focusing on those which they can engage most meaningfully and readily. Focusing in this way will provide survivors and supporters with an opportunity to continue the reclamation process, while at the same time, helping others to address their truths and contribute in their way to the reconciliation process.

Keynote Speakers, Workshop Facilitators and Daily Activities for all ages are being developed so stay tuned for details!

This is a free event and an all-inclusive space - ALL ARE WELCOME!


Registration is available here

Speaking Through Objects Workshop Details are avaliable here.


We have secured special rates for the gathering under the name
SHINGWAUK. Please inform the hotel that you are reserving under
this group name at the time of your booking.

Delta Hotels by Marriott Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront 
208 St. Mary's River Dr. 

"Delta" - 2 Queens - $107.00 (taxes not incl.)
"Premiere" - 1 Queen - $112.00 (taxes not incl.)
"Deluxe" - 1 King - $117.00 (taxes not incl.)

*2 wheelchair accessible rooms under group block (please check for availability)


Quality Inn & Suites Bay Front 
180 Bay St. (Across from Station Mall)


One King Bed or Two Queen Beds - $115 (taxes not incl.); $10.00 per extra person

Algoma University Residence,
Directly on campus (dormitory style accommodations include single bed, desk, closet, shared kitchen and shared bathroom)
705.949.2301, ext. 4215

Single Bed - $55/night (taxes not incl.); cots are available 

*1 wheelchair accessible room under group block (please check for availability)

For vistors from outside of the city, map of Sault Ste. Marie


Questions? Please contact: Tracie Louttit at (705) 949.2301 ext. 4136