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The Mukwa Waakaa’igan Indigenous Centre of Cultural Excellence marks a new beginning for Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Mukwa Waakaa’igan is part of the University’s commitment to creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive place for cross-cultural understanding, teaching, learning, healing, and reconciliation.

The Centre will be positioned next to Shigwauk Hall, a former residential school that operated between 1875 and 1970. It will showcase the life’s work of the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA), a committed group of residential school survivors and their descendants.

Once complete, the facility will also serve as the new home for the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre archives and the Aboriginal Healing Foundation Collection.

The project has already received two awards for its powerful expression of Indigenous culture and ethos with which it was designed. These awards include the 2022 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence and the 2022 World Architecture Festival Award.

BTY is providing Cost Management services on the Indigenous-led project, managed by Director Scott Wilkinson.

Reach out to learn more about BTY’s commitment to building stronger relationships with Indigenous communities through our Indigenous Relations Program.

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