SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – The Primate and Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Canada has reiterated the Church’s apology for its involvement in the Shingwauk and other residential schools.
Most Reverend Linda Nicholls paid a visit to the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre this past weekend as well as the newly established Shingwauk Education Trust’s Library and Archives Research Centre (Anishinaabe Discovery Centre.)
“If we don’t know our history, we run the risk of repeating it,” said Nicholls. “Learning how and why our own structures and ways of looking at things had allowed this to happen will help us to change.”
Elder and residential school survivor Shirley Horn, who attended the Shingwauk Indian Residential School, was on hand during the Primate’s visit.
The team at Algoma University and the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre welcomed the visit and look forward to ongoing work with the Anglican Church in the future.
“The continuation of working towards truth, reconciliation and healing happen with meaningful engagement, relationship building and efforts to understand parts of a story that may not directly touch us, but definitely impact us,” shared Elizabeth Edgar-Webkamigad, Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre Director. “It is important to meet each other halfway when looking to build bridges that help understanding happen. With kindness and good intentions, we will continue to see healing for generations to come.”