Earlier this month I was thrilled to find out that the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre at Algoma University was successful in our Digitization Canadian Collection application to the National Heritage Digitization Strategy. Details about all 21 projects which were funded through this program can be found here.
The Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre’s project is titled “Healing and Education Through Digital Access.” The project will support the digitization of Indigenous language materials and some of the early administrative records associated with the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Residential Schools. Once digitized this material will be OCR’d and made accessible to the broader public as appropriate. We will be working closely with members of the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association to ensure that any material placed online is done in a respectful way and reflects the desires of the Survivor community. Personally, I’m thrilled to see this important work being supported and look forward to engaging with this project in the coming year. Onward!