Shingwauk 2012 Gathering & Conference: Healing and Reconciliation through Education, Aug. 4-6, Algoma University

MEDIA ADVISORY:
“Everyone is invited to attend the ‘Shingwauk 2012 Gathering & Conference: Healing and Reconciliation through Education,’ August 4-6, at Algoma University”

The Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association
450 Frontenac Street, Unit #2, Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways
Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, CANADA   P6A 5K9
(V) 705.942.3004    (F) 705.942.8713    (E) ShingwaukDG@algomau.ca
www.childrenofshingwauk.ca

July 23, 2012, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario – The organizers of the ‘Shingwauk 2012 Gathering & Conference’ invite all members of the Sault Ste. Marie-area community, as well as all other Ontarians, Canadians, and visitors to north-eastern Ontario to attend this free, three-day event.

The program officially kicks off the afternoon and evening of Friday, August 3, with a commemoration ceremony, where the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association, the Shingwauk Education Trust, Algoma University, and other partners will name the Shingwauk site, which includes Shingwauk Hall and the Shingwauk/Fauquier Chapel and Cemetery, as a national memorial to all Residential School Survivors, with a special acknowledgment of those former students who never returned home. Commissioner Marie Wilson from the Truth and reconciliation Commission of Canada will deliver an address, along with local dignitaries, during this event, scheduled for 4-5:30 PM.  A commemoration feast on campus will follow.

The ‘Gathering & Conference’ begins at 8:30 AM Saturday, August 4. There are three streams within this event: 1) a gathering for Residential School Survivors, family, and friends; 2) the Healing and Reconciliation through Education conference; and 3) an arts and culture program.  See www.Shingwauk.org for more information. Running alongside the ‘Gathering & Conference’ program will be the Echoes of the World Drum Festival (www.echoesdrumfestival.com). All programming will take place at Algoma University. Lunch and dinner will be provided for ‘Gathering & Conference’ registrants.

Conference highlights include:

Saturday, Aug. 4, 11:00 AM: A local launch of the book “Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation and Residential School” (see www.speakingmytruth.ca). Join author Garnet Angeconeb and editors Shelagh Rogers and Mike DeGagné for a book talk and Q&A. Copies of the book will be available for free onsite.

Saturday, Aug. 4, 1:30 PM: “Where Are the Children? Healing the Legacy of Residential Schools” exhibit opening. Join Richard Kistabish and Trina Bolam from the Legacy of Hope/Aboriginal Healing Foundation for a detailed overview of the development of the exhibit as well as a launch of new interpretive components.

Saturday, Aug. 4, 3:30 PM: An oral history presentation with Rosalee Tizya.

Sunday, Aug. 5, 11:00 AM and Monday, Aug. 6, 11:00 AM: Two related presentations on the Legacy of Hope/Aboriginal Healing Foundation’s “100 Years of Loss” exhibit and curriculum tool, the “100 Years of Loss” Edu-Kit. The Sunday session is particularly geared toward middle and secondary school teachers and is an outstanding professional development opportunity.

Sunday, Aug. 5, 4:00 PM: “The Future of Reconciliation” Youth Panel.

Monday, Aug. 6, 9:45 AM: “”Reconciliation in Education through the Shingwauk Covenant,” delivered by Prof. Dawnis Kennedy.

For more information, contact:
Jonathan Dewar, Director,
Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre & Special Advisor to the President for the Residential Schools Legacy
Algoma University | 1520 Queen St East | Sault Ste. Marie, ON Canada | P6A 2G4
office: 705-949-2301, X4753 | www.Shingwauk.org |jonathan.dewar@algomau.ca

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