My latest post, “Unexpected Archival Finds: Shingwauk Student Register” can be found over at Activehistory.ca. This piece explores the recent discoveru a “Clerk’s Fee Book” that had been re-purposed as a Shingwauk Residential School student register from 1930-1941. This find by the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre staff provides new information about the students who attended Shingwauk during this period and also inspires questions about archival ethics and unexpected records.
Since 2010 part of my job has included providing historical site tours focusing on the history of the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Indian Residential Schools that were located on the site which now houses Algoma University.
In the past few years I have been giving between 80-100 tours to a range of audiences, including : K-12, post-secondary students, community groups, professional development groups, government employees, and others. These tours are often paired with an education presentation , a talk from a residential school survivor, or a hands-on educational activity. The tours aren’t meant to provide a complete historical narrative but rather serve as a starting point for discussing the history of residential schools in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Canada more broadly.
A glimpse of what the average tour includes can be seen in the “Where You Live: Shingwauk Historical Tour” video recently created by Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie.