Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig

Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig | Garden River, Ont. | Founded 2006

Located on the shores of Lake Huron, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig (SKG) pairs city amenities with lakeside views. In 2020, the school moved into a new campus, just outside Sault Ste. Marie, which boasts state-of-the-art classrooms, a library and an archive space that holds Anishinaabe artifacts. A central circular room will be turned into a breakout room for students, with a smudging area and visiting Elders. The high ceilings and curved beams of the building mirror the campus Teaching Lodge, which is used for ceremonies.

Teaching Anishinaabe language and culture is woven through every SKG course. Many of the language teachers are Elders from the community. Classes are kept small, and students are offered support in both their school work and reconnecting with a shared heritage. There is a strong focus on land-based learning.

The school is under the umbrella of Algoma University, and its degree programs are credited through Algoma. SKG students can take classes at Algoma, and vice versa, so students can travel between campuses to create tailored class schedules. Residences are also available for students on the Algoma campus. SKG offers two three-year degree programs and seeks to add a fourth year of study to both, so graduates can continue to study for a graduate degree. SKG is also looking to introduce an Anishinaabe School of Education in the coming years.

Size of school Tuition (degree) Residence offerings
Small $6,780 Yes

Cool options

  • Anishinaabe Studies: Students get a window into the world view, philosophy and history of the Anishinaabe people in a course that uses land-based and culturally relevant teachings.
  • Anishinaabemowin: The only program of its kind in Canada, this program teaches Ojibway language skills at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

Popular Programs

  • Anishinaabe Studies
  • Anishinaabemowin

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